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Turtle and Me Hardcover – 1 Jul 2011


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"A stuffed turtle has been part of a boy's life since he was in utero--the title page shows his expectant parents opening up the gift in anticipation of the baby's arrival. And Turtle proves to be an enduring sidekick, offering comfort when the boy feels "lonely and sad" and taking in stride the slings, arrows, and stains of childhood (which include spaghetti and throw-up) because, as the owner notes, "when bad things happen, I always make sure that Turtle gets sewn up, washed up, fixed up--and is okay again." But one day, in the midst of a fight with a friend, Turtle is badly--maybe irreparably-- ripped, and the boy's friend declares that Turtle is a "baby thing." Is she right? Harris and Freeman take an almost reportorial approach; the language is direct, and the images follow suit, most of them composed on a single plane with minimal background. And yet there is nothing prosaic in these pages--it's a book of poetic, plainspoken beauty, resonant with deeply felt emotions about attachment, loyalty, and growing up."--"Publishers Weekly" in a starred review

"A stuffed turtle has been part of a boy s life since he was in utero the title page shows his expectant parents opening up the gift in anticipation of the baby s arrival. And Turtle proves to be an enduring sidekick, offering comfort when the boy feels lonely and sad and taking in stride the slings, arrows, and stains of childhood (which include spaghetti and throw-up) because, as the owner notes, when bad things happen, I always make sure that Turtle gets sewn up, washed up, fixed up and is okay again. But one day, in the midst of a fight with a friend, Turtle is badly maybe irreparably ripped, and the boy s friend declares that Turtle is a baby thing. Is she right? Harris and Freeman take an almost reportorial approach; the language is direct, and the images follow suit, most of them composed on a single plane with minimal background. And yet there is nothing prosaic in these pages it s a book of poetic, plainspoken beauty, resonant with deeply felt emotions about attachment, loyalty, and growing up." "Publishers Weekly" in a starred review" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Hardcover.

About the Author

Robie Harris is an award winning and best-selling author. She has written both fiction and non-fiction and has had books published in the UK and the US by Orchard Books and Little, Brown and Co, among others. Artist Information - Tor Freeman graduated from Kingston University with a BA in Illustration in 1999. She has been writing and illustrating for children ever since. Her books include Ambrose Goes for Gold (Macmillan) and Nelson (Walker Books).

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HASH(0x98b9ed14) out of 5 stars Deals well with this aspect of growing up 11 July 2015
By Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful tale of a boy who brings his stuffed turtle everywhere with him, as is evidenced by Turtle’s many stains and patches. The boy loves his Turtle until at a playdate one day a friend exclaims, “Having Turtle’s a BABY thing!” All of a sudden, Turtle (and his newest — enormous — rip) is relegated to sleeping on the floor. My heart cracked a little bit as I realized that one day my son will start to see himself the way others see him instead of allowing his enthusiasm to run free, loving whatever he wants to love. I hope that he surrounds himself with people who won’t judge him for a favorite stuffed animal (or hobby, or anything). But he will encounter opposition, and I want to help him with that as best I can. The boy’s father deals with the situation in a way that I loved: he says, “You are very big now…but not all big. Not just yet.” And in the end, of course, the boy allows himself a little more time with his beloved Turtle.

Even though he hasn’t experienced the struggle of being “too old” for a toy yet, my three-year-old son enjoyed this book and continues to request it. I’m hoping that its message becomes ingrained in him and that he can recall it when and if someone decides to tease him about something being too babyish. It’s a beautiful story, with great illustrations, and I’m thrilled to have it as part of our collection.
HASH(0x98be7ec4) out of 5 stars Growing Up 11 Aug. 2015
By Caryn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Turtle has been Boy's stuffed animal since before Boy was even born. But after years of rips, stains, and general aging, a friend convince Boy that he's too old for his favorite stuffed animal. Poor Turtle!

This is a sweet, poignant tale of growing up but still holding on to the things that made childhood good. It would be especially helpful for children who are in that awkward stage where they want to be very big but are also afraid to let go of childhood. Grownups affected by the Toy Story movies may find themselves especially misty-eyed with this one.
HASH(0x98c45da4) out of 5 stars The book is for my Granddaughter. I live in ... 20 Jun. 2015
By Paul W Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is for my Granddaughter.I live in Ma and she lives in Texas and will be visiting soon.She is 3. I will have more info after she samples the book.
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