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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, read aloud
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 2 to 5
Reading Level: 2.9
Age of Child: Started reading with child who was 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.