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Children's LiteratureTudley the painted turtle will try anything. He tries to fly like a bird, make his tail glow like a firefly, hop like a frog, and sing like the katydids. He is able to complete all of these behaviors while helping another creature simply because he does not know he cannot do something. By the tale's end, Tudley's hope has spread to the rest of the turtles as they take flight. This unexpected twist presents the perfect way to foster imagination. Wonderful illustrations by the author neatly tie in with the text. End of the book creative activities allow children to make sugar water for hummingbirds and to make a hopping turtle from paper. Additional facts about all the creatures are included. The story is humorous enough to keep children as well as adults giggling. This touching tale of kindness and hope will prove to be a favorite. 2006, Sylvan Dell, Ages 4 to 8.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury