Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Impatient Turtle by Janette Oke

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Pogo is not particularly happy that he is a turtle, it seems that everyone else has more fun than turtles.

Throughout the story we find Pogo leading the way in trying to make life as a turtle more exciting. He gets himself and his friends into some funny situations. After many attempts of trying to imitate the boys they watch play, Pogo is convinced his shell is what's holding him back. He is determined to get rid of it. It only takes a short encounter with a big dog to change his mind and his perspective.

Positives: A wonderful and simple story with a great lesson! Young readers will enjoy the illustrations as well. I was thankful that this story included a short prayer and mention of God - even though it was at the very end.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: While Pogo may learn some patience in this story, I think the greater lesson is on thankfulness. Sure Pogo must learn that it's alright for a turtle to be slow and limited in what he does, more importantly he learns to be thankful for the way God created him. Talk with your child about the way they are perfectly created - no matter what flaw they may think they have (Ps. 139). And certainly teach them to be thankful in all  things.

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