Tudley Didn't Know

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Tudley Didn’t Know is a delightful story about a pond-living turtle (painted turtle) who adopts other animals’ behaviors - simply because he doesn’t know he can’t! Tudley flies like a bird, sings like a katydid, hops like a frog, and glows like a firefly. He uses all his special behaviors to help other animals. Will Tudley's friends help him when he needs help? John Himmelman’s whimsical illustrations draw readers (children and adults alike) into the story. The "Creative Minds" section includes crafts and ...
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Overview

Tudley Didn’t Know is a delightful story about a pond-living turtle (painted turtle) who adopts other animals’ behaviors - simply because he doesn’t know he can’t! Tudley flies like a bird, sings like a katydid, hops like a frog, and glows like a firefly. He uses all his special behaviors to help other animals. Will Tudley's friends help him when he needs help? John Himmelman’s whimsical illustrations draw readers (children and adults alike) into the story. The "Creative Minds" section includes crafts and information about animal adapta-tions and their habitats.
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Children's Literature
Tudley 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
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-A young painted turtle doesn't know much about what his species can and cannot do, so when a hummingbird accidentally drops her nest material into the water next to him, he flies up to return it. It turns out that he tries and succeeds at many things that were thought to be impossible for turtles, including flashing like a firefly and hopping like a frog. However, when he gets into trouble, it is the older turtles who can give him advice about how to rescue himself. By the end of the book, Tudley has taught them about trying new things, and they teach him some practical skills. The illustrations alternate between half- and full-page spreads that show the personalities of the pond's denizens. Tudley is full of exuberance and joy at helping his friends, and the look on the faces of the older turtles when he flies above them is priceless. The book also includes information about the animals mentioned and activities related to the story.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934359044
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/20/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

John Himmelman (Tudley Didn't Know) has written and/or illustrated over 60 children's books since 1981. His award-winning book "Pipaluk and the Whales" (published by National Geographic) is based on the true story of how far people will go to save their wild neighbors. John's "Nature Upclose" series of 13 different books (published by Children's Press, a division of Scholastic) includes such titles as: A Monarch Butterfly's Life, A Pillbug's Life, A Luna Moth's Life, and A Woodfrog's, Life. He based his Animal Rescue Club (Harper Collins) beginning reader book on a group of real children who rescued orphaned and injured wildlife. John's first book for adults, Discovering Moths, was recently published by Downeast Books. Most of John's book stem from his obvious passion for animals and nature. When John isn't busy writing or illustrating his books, he is involved with the CT Butterfly Association, the Killingworth Land Conservation Trust, leads nature walks and gives natural history lectures throughout the country. He works with schools by offering special science observation programs, and teaches courses on children's book writing. As if he isn't busy enough, John has two children (one in college and one in high school) and a working wife (high school art teacher) with a busy life of her own. John says he has never lost his love of reading and ends each day curled up in bed with a good book!
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  • Posted April 29, 2009

    Great book, great author

    I checked this book out at my library for my children and fell in love with it. After checking it out multiple times we decided to buy it. Not only is this book funny, but it is educational as well. John Himmelman does a wonderful job with the story and the pictures. I could not be happier with my purchase!

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