The Foolish Tortoise

by Richard Buckley illustrated by Eric Carle


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In this riveting, rhyming fable, a tortoise goes on a journey of self-discovery.

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This tortoise feels weighted down by his large and heavy shell. Wanting nothing more than to be able to move about quickly and freely, he slips out of it and sets off to see the world at a faster pace.

But despite his newfound speed, he is still not swift enough to confidently outrun swooping birds or slithering snakes, and he quickly finds himself cowering in fear behind rocks and trees. Will he ever be able to return to the safety and protection of his trusty shell?

Beautiful collage illustrations enliven this cause-and-effect tale about planning ahead and being thankful for what you have.

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    • Grades: PreK - 1
    • Ages: 4 - 7
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 1/2" x 8 1/4"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-590-46285-3

About the Illustrator

Beloved author and illustrator Eric Carle started drawing when he was a little boy, and he hasn't stopped since. His books continue to delight children year after year with their gorgeous collage illustrations and themes of growth and discovery. He traces the origin of his stories back to nature walks he and father took when he was a child, during which they would stop to observe all the little animals and insects in the forest and discuss how they live and grow. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages and have sold more than 55 million copies.