Tadeo (TAHD-ay-OH) Turtle seemed content until he met Sammy Squirrel.  Sammy could climb trees and run.  Tadeo could not.  He has a dream where he lets the shell on his back go, giving him free range of movement.  He, then, becomes vulnerable to the attack of Cat.  He no longer has his shell to hide under and within.  The dream stirs him to think about the way God made him and why it is important to accept himself the way he was created.  God makes us each in His image and for His purposes.  May we accept this beautiful gift as Tadeo learned to do.  

This short book has a lesson for children and adults alike.  How often do we wish we were like someone else or had things that others have?  Tadeo Turtle is a simple rhyming story for the young.  Janis Cox illustrated the animals and scenes in luscious, colorful watercolors.  They are so beautifully painted.  It is a delightful book to read and to look upon.

At the end of the book, there are activities to do with children: a paper plate turtle, a rock turtle, a clay turtle, and even a felt board activity.  There is a page for researching turtles, such as the many types, or endangered turtles, with websites from which to begin a study.  Janis Cox has also written a twenty-page curriculum entitled “Tadeo Turtle Curriculum JK – Grade One and Grade Two.”  She includes activities for math, language arts, music, Scripture study, science, art, and physical education.  From one small and sweet book, there is so much included to do with children.

Reading Level: 4-8

Living along the Gulf Coast of Texas, I can imagine this book being used easily with children during our early summer release of the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles, an endangered species being cared for by the National Seashore.  The public always play a large role in the assistance of this release.


from her BIO SKETCH:
Janis is a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Her adult career has consisted of stay-at-home-mom, small business owner, public school teacher, painter, and writer. She also has tried pottery making and is currently relearning how to play the piano. She enjoys trying anything at least once (but maybe not bungee jumping!).
Her writing and painting careers started simultaneously and that meant dividing her time between two loves.
Janis is passionate about prayer. She has taught Bible Studies on prayer and talks about how it is just as important to listen to God as to talk to Him.
Janis has a blog (www.janiscox.com) where she writes about her life and how God speaks to her.  You can join Janis @ https://www.facebook.com/TadeoTurtle where she posts turtle related themes and crafts.

Book Information:

  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Word Alive Press (October 9, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1770696954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770696952
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches

A digital copy of this book was given to me by the author for an honest book review which I have done.

Photo: Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles release, June 1, 2013 Channel 3/KIII/Corpus Christi, Texas @ http://www.kiiitv.com/story/22658132/saturday-morning-release-of-500-baby-kemps-ridley-sea-turtles

Originally reviewed on 4-5-2015


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