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THE FOOLISH TORTOISE

Author: Richard Buckley

Illustrator: Eric Carle

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Publisher: Little Simon, ©1998

Material: board book

Summary: A tortoise, tired of being slow, decides that if he sheds his shell, he can see the world a little faster. As he soon discovers, there are adventures he hadn't dreamed of. This is a simple way of introducing the idea

Type of Reading: playtime reading

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 2 to 5

Age of Child: Started reading with child at 2 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: This one took a couple of readings before s/he got into it. Of all the Carle books she has, this one is requested the least.

Adult Reader Reaction: We loved the rhyming scheme and thought there was just enough adventure to keep our toddler interested. Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

Pros: The story moves smoothly; the illustrations and alliteration (as in all Eric Carle books) are wonderful; and it’s the perfect size for the car toy bag.

Cons: None (to our mind, anyway).

Borrow or Buy: Borrow it. We loved it but it's not one of the "toddler classics." Since it's our kids library we're building, better to take this one for a test run.

If You Liked This Book, Try: HUGS AND KISSES   THE VERY BUSY SPIDER   CHIEF RHINO TO THE RESCUE (Whoops-a-Daisy World)

Educational Themes: It's easy to use this straightforward story to teach lessons about dreams, choices, consequences, the-grass-is-always-greener syndrome, and happiness.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2004

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