Wednesday, September 21, 2011
My favorite children's books: Old Turtle
First on the list: Old Turtle. I came across this book at Barnes and Noble a couple years before I had my first child. I fell in love with it, but had no reason to buy it at the time, so I decided to just keep it mind for later. Well, I should have known that my mind was not going to remember the title, because I promptly forgot it! After Aiden was born, I spent a couple of years trying to find it, searching in vague terms with no luck. Then, about a year ago, I came across this book on Amazon. It looked right up my ally, so I ordered it. When I received it, I realized it was the book I had been searching for!
Old Turtle is a beautiful fable about how seeing through one another's eyes, we can learn to live in peace and harmony. The illustrations are lovely watercolors, and while it doesn't rhyme, you can tell it was written by a poet. The descriptions are as rich and beautiful as the illustrations. I really can't do the book justice. You just have to read it for yourself. When I got this book, Aiden was a bit young to understand it. However, he has surprised me - at 5 years old, this is one of his favorites, as well.