Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox is a sweet little picture story book for young children. Baby Boo was seven years old when we first read it and thought the story was really sweet. She can read it to her dad now. The theme of the story is learning to accept God’s unique design. Poor Tadeo can't run and jump like the squirrel can but a dream helps him realize God had a special purpose for his heavy shell. It’s a good lesson for all of us, but would especially resonate with special needs children.
Janis includes some fun activity ideas at the end of the book. We made turtle shaped bread and playdough & paper plate turtles.
Janis provided us with an ebook version for reviewing, but I’d suggest buying the actual book. The paintings are so sweet, I feel like you miss something not having those pictures for the children to be able to lay out on the floor and really enjoy. Tadeo Turtle would make a wonderful birthday or holiday gift for young or special needs children!
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