Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 28

Dynamic Duo: Book 2

Picture Book: Old Turtle and the Broken Truth

Author: Douglas Wood

Illustrator: Jon J. Muth

Summary: In this sequel to Old Turtle, the Earth & its inhabitants are suffering because humans will not share their "Truth" - a source of their joy & power, with those who are different. A brave girl finds Old Turtle, the character of wisdom in the previous book, who explains that the Truth that the humans hold is only a broken Truth. Old Turtle offers the girl the missing part of the Truth. When she returns with it, the broken pieces are brought together, and the Truth is made whole. Healing occurs when they realize the whole Truth: “You are loved...and so are they.”

Hanna’s Comments: This is the second book in my dynamic duo offering. It is a sequel to Old Turtle and offers further reflection on humanity’s place on Earth and our limited understanding of the value of other inhabitants, the love of God that we all share, and how we can all live more peacefully.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Scholastic, 2003

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages: 64

Available in Spanish?
Not at present

Formats other than Book: some dramatic versions on Youtube

PBT Category: Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with
: conflict, differences, the environment/nature, exclusion/inclusion, greed/selfishness, humanity, journeys/pilgrimages/migration/quests, love, mentors/teachers, pride, truth, unity, wonder

Scripture Connections: The story of Jonah (Jonah 1-4), they shall all know me… I will remember their sin no more (Isaiah 31:34), you shall know the truth & the truth shall set you free (John 8:32); God is love (1 John 4:8b)

Idea(s) for Application: With the examples on Youtube, a youth group or older elementary group could also offer dramatic re-tellings of this book and its prequel. Additionally, simply read this book to a group of children who are talking about truth, wisdom, or God's intention for humanity's relationships with other Earth inhabitants.

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