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The Tortoise's Gift: A Story from Zambia (Animal Stories) Paperback – September 1, 2012
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Melanie Williamson draws her pictures in a cozy studio in Manchester, England and loves all things bright and quirky.
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Don’t get me wrong. She’s a feisty miss with a firecracker personality. Her size hasn’t stopped her from joining in and playing with (or bossing around) kids twice her size. When she was two, a four-year-old boy tried to cut in front of her in the line for the slide. She blocked him, raised her tiny finger, and said, “Wait your turn!” The boy was so shocked, he was cowed into meekly waiting behind her.
As a parent, I find myself drawn to books with small heroes, underdogs who overcome challenges to save the day. I want to build up her self-confidence so she can continue to be courageous and inquisitive, even after she finally realizes that she’s small.
So when I found “The Tortoise’s Gift,” I was delighted. It’s a book about animals in Zambia who are hungry and thirsty because it stopped raining. Their only hope is to awaken a wonderful tree that is said to grow everyone’s favorite fruits when they are in need, but no one can remember the tree’s name. The only one old enough to remember is the rocky mountain, but who among the animals has what it takes to go all the way to the mountain and bring the name back? The lion, elephant, and chimps all fail, and it is the tortoise, dismissed by everyone as being too small and too slow, who succeeds.
There’s a lot of repeating elements in the book that engaged my daughter and allowed her to memorize the text and participate just after the second reading.Read more ›