Author: Ron Pridmore Illustrator: Michele-lee Phalen Age Range: 4-8
Immediately after Templeton Turtle came out of the hatched egg, his natural insatiable curiosity kicked in. He looked out in the immediate area, raring to go exploring. But his mother asked him to please stay where she can keep her eye on him, and he replied that he would. Off to exploring, he encountered a variety of animals. His main goal was to make a friend. The animals he met animals ranged from scary to very friendly in their reactions when approached by Templeton. Despite his mother’s request, Templeton strayed too far into the dangerous environment and became so afraid after realizing that he had done so…
Rod Pridmore wrote a very clear and educational story that shows three very important morals that all children, with their natural curiosity bound to get them in trouble, should learn. The first moral is to always listen to your parent(s), as they usually know best. The second moral is to always be alert when exploring a dangerous or unfamiliar environment. The third moral is the reminder of the importance of the old adage, “It takes a village to raise a child. “
While the author works on instilling those morals in his readers, he also encourages them to love nature. Michele-lee’s art is beautiful, crisp, and well detailed to the point of being realistic. I would personally recommend this book strongly to all fathers to read to their children.
Ashley Watson is a father of three daughters, ages 14, 11, and 3. Though currently working in retail, Ashley holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of South Alabama and has years of experience in the museum and archaeology fields. He is continuing to search for jobs in museums, mainly in the Rochester, NY, area with options in Buffalo and Syracuse. In the future, Ashley plans to pursue a graduate degree from Syracuse University as well as to continue writing book reviews and short stories in science fiction and horror as a side hobby.