Tadeo loved to laugh and play…
… until he met Sam Squirrel one day.
Janis Cox’s story Tadeo Turtleis a delightful tale of a turtle who becomes discontented with carting his shell around after he makes a new friend who can do things he can’t do. Tadeo dreams that he loses his shell and can do everything that Sam Squirrel can do—until Cat shows up. Then Tadeo learns that “God had made him perfectly.”
Janis’ beautiful watercolour paintings accompany her rhymed story about Tadeo. Together, the pictures and story show children that each of us is unique—and that’s a good thing. The story is a lovely illustration of Psalms 139:13-14 (NLT), “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knite me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it!”
At the end of the book, Jan includes activities about turtles for children to do after reading Tadeo’s story. There’s also a page of links to more information on turtles for curious children who want to find out more about Tadeo. Jan’s background as a teacher shines through, making this book a great resources for teachers and parents alike. My girls love crafts and Sunshine is always asking questions about what we read, so I appreciated all the extra resources Jan included.
Janis Cox is a poet, retired teacher, member of Inscribe, wife, mother, and grandmother. Tadeo Turtle is her first children’s book. To find out more about Jan, drop by her website. You can also find Jan on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
I received this book for review courtesy of the author; all opinions expressed are my own.
Great book and great ideas.
THANK YOU for sharing.
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What a great story. It’s great to learn that you can look and be different than others and still be perfect!
My email is on my website and more about the curriculum. www.janiscox.com
I will send you the PDF Bonnie and then you maybe can tell your readers all about it.
Jan – I didn’t get the curriculum, but it sounds like a great idea. You are so creative! Can readers visit your website to find out more about the free curriculum?
Brandi and Jennifer – there’s something about turtles that we all like, I think. 🙂
Elizabeth – I agree – I loved the artwork too! I could just flip through looking at the pictures. 🙂
I didn’t see this post. I will send you the curriculum right away. To get the free curriculum they only need to email me.
I have this book as well, and we really love reading it to our daughter. The art is amazing!
This looks like a great book. I love finding books that my kids will learn through and have activities at the end. I have put this on the list to check out. My son loves turtles
What a great review! This sounds like such a great story, and I’m a sucker for anything involving turtles…especially watercolours! I’ll have to check it out 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Bonnie for a wonderful review of Tadeo. There is also a free curriculum available for the asking with lots more turtle ideas across the curriculum.
Did I send you the curriculum?
Janis Cox www.janiscox.com
Mommy Moment – if you can’t find it at your local library, request it. 🙂 Most librarians appreciate such request and it’s a huge help to authors too.
Jennifer – I like stories with hidden lessons too. Or something for the children/parents to think about and talk about more. 🙂
what is great story idea. I love that there’s a hidden lesson to learn.
I love that Jan included links to information about turtles and I love the Christian aspect of the book. I can tell you liked it and I’m going to see if I can find it at my local library.
your local library should be able to access Tadeo Turtle.