Tadeo Turtle Book Review

Disclosure: Janis Cox gave me a copy of this book free of charge to review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

Today I get to share with you a wonderful book called Tadeo Turtle written and illustrated by Janis Cox. Now I got to know about Tadeo Turtle through Sharing Saturday. Every few weeks Janis will share a Tadeo craft with us. Recently she asked if I would like to review the book and I jumped at the chance.

As you can see on the cover, the illustrations throughout the book are beautiful paintings that Janis did to go along with her story. This story is about a turtle, Tadeo, who is happy until he sees a squirrel having fun running and jumping and climbing trees. He realizes with his shell he cannot do those things and wonders what it would be like to not have a shell. He has a dream about stepping out of his shell and trying the joyous things the squirrel did and he is happy in his dream until he sees a cat. He has no place to hide without his shell. In the end Tadeo realizes that God made him with his shell so he would have the protection he would need as a turtle. God had a purpose for turtles and provided them with what they needed. At the end of the book are crafts and activities for the children to try. Hazel jumped on making a paper plate Tadeo. Instead of painting the plate we used tissue paper so it would not have to dry before decorating.

I let Hazel do the cutting of the tissue paper pieces to decorate and I cut out the legs, head and tail for her. I think he is adorable!! Janis also offers first and second grade curriculum to go with the book. She also has some activities on her website. And she has many Tadeo craft ideas in her Creative Saturday section.

So I have to say we really enjoyed this book. The message was wonderful and the paintings are beautiful!! I highly recommend it.