Due to a shipwreck Owl, Bear, Frog and Cat end up making a home on Turtle’s shell. Each of the animals excel in something. . . Turtle catches fish, Owl knits. Bear builds. Frog cooks. Cat draws. Working together, they build a lovely, comfortable village on Turtle’s shell. All is well, until the animals realize they miss their friends and families. Turtle is heartbroken when they leave.
One day Turtle’s friends surprise him bringing all their family and friends to live on Turtle’s shell. They create an island with everything a person (or animal) needs to survive and flourish. Food, art, music and plenty of opportunities for fun. Flying kites, playing tetherball, looking through telescopes, drumming the bongos, flying paper airplanes… an island utopia.
ML loved how the squid from I’m The Biggest Thing in the Ocean made an appearance in Cat’s painting. I liked the blurred watercolors on the page where turtle is missing and daydreaming about Owl, Bear, Frog and Cat.
This book is best enjoyed with one or a few children so they have a chance to really focus on the humorous illustrations. This summer it’s going to be one of my top, “You should check out this book” when I see families looking for books.
I hope Kevin Sherry will send me a sneak peak of his next project.