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Summary: Native Americans carved a turtle in rock as a conduit of communication to the spirits. The turtle feels abandoned as the world changes, but the spirit in him continues to live on. The story is simply presented, but the concepts are quite sophisticated.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading
Recommended Age: 6 to 9
Age of Child: Read with child 23 months old.
Young Reader Reaction: With each of several readings, s/he walked away and engaged in other activities.
Adult Reader Reaction: As a book recommended through Reading Rainbow, I had anticipated that it would be more basic and suitable for a toddler.
Pros: It's a beautiful tale about faith, endurance, and culture.
Cons: There are some elements of the story that are difficult to explain, and likely tough for a 6-year old, too.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow it. It's a beautiful story, but depending on the child it is probably an 'acquired taste.'
Educational Themes: The story has a lot to offer about teaching and upholding one's tradition and culture, empathy, faith (in its many forms), and respect.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - nature
Date(s) Reviewed: October 2003
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