Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Clever Tortoise

Clever Tortoise

Fall 2000 Picture Books
Ages: 5 & Up
Author: Francesca Martin
Illustrator: Francesca Martin
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0-7636-0506-9
Hardcover Price: $14.99
Though Clever Tortoise’s head is small, “his brains are big and strong,” as young listeners will learn in this well-told tale from southern Tanzania. In the tradition of the Br’er Rabbit stories, a canny tiny animal succeeds in winning a tug-of-war with a boastful elephant and a lumbering hippopotamus by inspired trickery. Children will enjoy being in on the joke that cuts two jungle bullies down to size. Martin’s luxuriant jungle setting provides just the right exotic touch.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2000 Parents' Choice

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