From School Library Journal
PreSchool-The creators of Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? (Candlewick, 1992) have teamed up again for another gentle and endearing story. Harry the tortoise wants to play, but Buster Rabbit, Stan Badger, and Sarah Mouse just speed past his friendly hellos. After attempting to engage a mushroom, a rock, and a pond, Harry is pleasantly surprised when Sam Snail joins him. The two play Slow Races, Heads In and Heads Out, and Turn Around and Turn Around Again, all at just the right speed. "Then they sat by the pool and they talked and talked about being a tortoise, and being a snail,- and how good it is to be slow. And how nice, how very very very nice, it is to be- friends." Firth's pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations aptly depict all of the characters, especially the friendly personality of the dusty brown tortoise with his jaunty red baseball cap. The use of repetition within this simple text will engage listeners who will be touched by this tender story of friendship.Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA
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PreS. The tale of the slow-moving tortoise gets a nice twist here. Harry the turtle would like to hang out with friends, but everyone is in a hurry. Buster Bunny breezes by as Harry asks if Buster wants to play; ditto Stan Badger. Sarah Mouse hops away before Harry can engage her in conversation. Harry thinks he'll never have a friend and lumbers off to find someone who is slow enough to play with a tortoise. A mushroom? A rock? No, but Sam Snail might be just the fellow to sit around with and talk to about tree stumps and moss, badgers and bunnies, "and how good it is to be slow." Like Harry, this tale has a soft, slow sweetness to it, an effect that's complemented by watercolor art that captures Harry's hopefulness. The book's horizontal design adds to a feeling of meandering through the story. Young children who sometimes move pretty slowly themselves will identify with Harry. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved