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Tudley Didn’t Know
John Himmelman
Picture Book
Ages 4 to 8
Sylvan Dell, 2006, 0-9764943-6-1
  Tudley is a painted turtle with a big heart. When a little hummingbird drops a bit of lichen next to Tudley the turtle retrieves the lichen, flies up to the hummingbird’s nest, and the piece of lichen to the nesting bird. The hummingbird tells Tudley that turtles can’t fly. Tudley is amazed to hear this but it doesn’t stop him from flying about all the same.
  Over the next few days Tudley helps a lot of creatures and learns many new things. He helps a firefly by lighting up his own tail in firefly fashion, he helps a tadpole by hopping like a frog, and he learns to sing like a katydid. It doesn’t matter to Tudley that turtles are not supposed to light up, hop, or sing. He does it anyway and has a wonderful time in the process.
  Then Tudley gets himself into a dreadful pickle. He gets stuck on his back on the top of a pile of rocks. He desperately needs help and, as it turns out, he also needs to learn how to deal with his problem the way a turtle would do.
  Young readers will laugh out loud as they watch funny little Tudley fly around like a humming bird, light up like a firefly, hop like a frog, and sing like a katydid. They will be encouraged to think that there is nothing that they cannot do when they think outside the box and have confidence in themselves. In addition they will learn some wonderful natural history facts from the story itself and from the additional notes that the author has thoughtfully provided for his readers at the back of the book.

 

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