Synopses & Reviews
“Children will immediately get the joke that despite the turtle’s impressions, he never leaves the yard. The nice twist is that he is not disappointed with his adventure. . . . Humorous, warm, and ultimately reassuring.” —Inspired by the books Emma reads to him of faraway places, Turtle digs a hole and escapes from his backyard pen. On his journey, Turtle thinks he may have spotted a tiger in India, a kangaroo in Australia, and an elephant in Africa. But has he? Readers will know better. . . .School Library Journal
Inspired by the stories Emma reads to him, Turtle digs out of his pen and sets off to see faraway places. The backyard grass is longer than his legs so he thinks he must be in the jungle. He spies a tree stump and believes its an elephants leg. Just when he begins to worry that hes lost, Emma rescues himand he discovers that he never left home. Undeterred, Turtle is grateful to have the whole world here in my backyard,” and plans to escape again tomorrow, this time to China.
About the Author
Eve Bunting is the author of the Caldecott-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. Among her many other titles are Hey Diddle Diddle, Will It Be a Baby Brother?, Mouse Island, Baby Can, My Red Balloon, My Special Day at Third Street School, and Girls A to Z. She lives in Pasadena, California.
Marsha Winborn is the illustrator of more than thirty-five books, including Grandma's Cat by Helen Ketteman, What's the Magic Word? by Kelly DiPucchio, and My Little Wagon by Alma Powell. Winborn is a regular contributor to Highlights magazine. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.