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|Take your time : a tale of Harriet, the Galapagos tortoise|
Author: Furrow, Eva
A tortoise from the Galapagos Islands goes on an adventure--at her own speed.
Kirkus Reviews (02/15/17)
School Library Journal (02/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—A colorful and cheerful yet timely story about a Galápagos tortoise who is very different from her animal friends. Harriet is big, heavy, and slow. She takes her time, no matter what she does. When pestered by her friends, who think she moves too slowly and not far enough, Harriet decides to visit another island. It takes months for her to swim there, and months more to traverse the beaches, seeing the sights and giving rides to young iguanas. Harriet observes many animals, from blue-footed boobies to red-throated frigate birds to centipedes, all of whom locomote in their own special way. And Harriet decides that she is fine just the way she is and heads back home—slowly. Not even a last-minute ride with dolphins can persuade her to change. Harriet returns to her island, content to have discovered that every creature moves in its own unique way. The illustrations are delightful, made with block prints and watercolor with digital enhancement. The heavy black lines of the block printing intensify the watercolors, creating vibrant and dynamic images. The text is simple but expressive and clear. Repetitive phrases lend a poetic feel. This captivating tale beautifully demonstrates that differences are a great and good thing, while also providing information about Galápagos creatures, and includes a mention of the real Galápagos tortoise named Harriet. VERDICT A lovely and satisfying read that should be considered for most library collections.—Gretchen Crowley, formerly at Alexandria City Public Libraries, VA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 02/15/2017 Mother-daughter team Napoli and Furrow bring young readers a story of enjoying life at your own pace with this serene picture-book offering. Harriet, a Galápagos tortoise, likes taking things slow, though the other island animals often tell her she’s missing out by not moving faster. So one day she decides to venture from her island—and routine of nibbling cactus pads and smelling swamp hibiscus—to see what all the fuss is about. Keeping her leisurely pace, she begins a months-long swim to another island, admiring the wonders of the sea (stingrays, sharks, whales) as she goes, and contemplates those of the land and sky upon her eventual return home. Molk’s batik-like illustrations, created with watercolor-and-block prints, offer beautiful large-scale vistas perfect for group sharing. An author’s note gives information on the real-life Harriet who inspired this story, as well. This peaceful, meditative read champions the ideas of appreciating the world, near and far, and being true to oneself. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.