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The story follows little Turtus as he hatches and makes his way towards the sea along with the other little turtles. However, he does not feel that he is like his brothers and sisters and this is confirmed as his journey continues. Eventually, he encounters his mother who explains that his father was in fact a giant land tortoise and assures him that he will meet him one day. This is a charming picture book using an effective, fairly natural and simple rhyme format which tends to appeal to young children. The illustrations are varied and appealing and match the text extremely well. Intrigue draws us in at the onset with the mystery of what is a 'Turtus' and reappears at the end of the tale when the reader is left with the expectation of eventually meeting Turtus' father in the next book. The story is also effective on other levels with its educational value and as an introduction to the fact that we are all different and can have a variety of different family situations. My granddaughter is 7 and really enjoyed this story and wants to know what happens next!
Val Rowe, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
This book follows the journey of young Fergus, from birth on a beach, into the ocean to find out his true identity and his parents. His journey is full of danger as he meets a variety of creatures who feel he would make a delicious snack.
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My two granddaughters aged 6 and 8 read this and really enjoyed it, but would also suit much younger children. Full review
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