Saturday 29 December 2018

A Turtle's Magic Adventure - Book Review

A Turtle's Magic Adventure
by Wanda Luthman

  • Grade Level: 3 - 4
  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 31, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 153083256X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1530832569

About The Book: 

"My students were spellbound with Tad's adventures to a magical land."

A Turtle's Magical Adventure is a charming, heart-warming story of a turtle who doesn’t like his shell because it makes him too slow.
Tad asks other slow animals if they also mind being slow. Each one gives an answer that helps Tad feel better, but, still he wants to be fast.
He happens upon a snake who tells him there is a wizard that can make him fast. He goes on an adventure into The Magical Timberwood Forest to meet the wizard and hopefully get his wish fulfilled.
He encounters delightful, magical creatures along the way but also meets with danger and choices. Will Tad get his wish or will the wizard turn him into turtle soup?

Join Tad, the turtle, on his adventure in this cute chapter book that helps children learn self-esteem and confidence as they experience Tad's search for self-acceptance and learning to love himself. This fun and cute read aloud book subtly addresses social skills as Tad makes new friends with a gnome, lightning bugs, a worm, a duck, and a snail. Children will enjoy this magical fantasy adventure with an evil wizard that has a heart. A beautiful story that reads like an Aesop Fable that teaches an important life lesson.

"Fun fast-paced. It srikes right at the heart of every person's tendency to compare themselves to others."

What I Thought:

 This is a charming story with a strong message for children. Tad the turtle doesn't like something about himself. He wants to change and become more like others he admires. Tad is willing to risk a lot to change himself and become what he thinks will make him happy, even venture into the forbidden forest to seek out the magician's help.
On Tad's adventure, he meets a snake, a snail, a duck, a lame gnome girl, and the not-so-accomodating magician; and all the character's opinions weigh on Tad's view of himself and help him decide what is right for him.
Children will love this story because it delightfully shows why it's okay to be who you are.

About The Author:

 A Multi-Award-winning children's author, Wanda Luthman, utilizes her expertise in both mental health and guidance counseling to infuse each of her stories with social/emotional messages such as forgiveness, perseverance, self-acceptance, and love conquering evil. She writes fantasy adventure stories that show lives being changed by the magic of love. She is a former National Pen Women Organization of Cape Canaveral. She belongs to the Florida Writers Association, Space Coast Authors, and Brevard Authors Forum. She lives in sunny Florida with her incredibly understanding and supportive husband of 23 years, their two adorable yorkies, and 15 rescue feral cats (all fixed responsibly and still residing outside and on her porch in their colony)! She loves the outdoors and finds it a great source of inspiration whether she is riding her bike, swimming, or walking. 

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