From the award-winning creator of I'M THE BIGGEST THING IN THE OCEAN comes an inspiring tale of friendship and belonging that's perfect for fans of THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE, OWEN AND MZEE, and Oliver Jeffers's LOST AND FOUND.
Turtle is big. But the ocean is bigger. And Turtle is all alone. Until four shipwrecked folks--a bear, an owl, a frog, and a cat--climb to safety on his shell. Before long, they're fast friends, and the sea doesn't seem so vast anymore. But when Frog confides that he misses his family, Turtle doesn't understand. Isn't he their family? And when the group decides to sail for home, will Turtle be left behind? Never fear--a surprise on the horizon promises friends, family, and a home at last. Uplifting and heartfelt, this is a book about the power of friendship and making a home of one's own.
Sherry's turtle hero is proud to be "as BIG as an island," but he's also lonely, because the ocean is "even BIGGER." Then a group of shipwrecked animals take up residence on his massive shell, and "Suddenly," Turtle excitedly (and touchingly) tells readers, "things were happening." Or, to put it another way, he becomes the foundation literally of a tight-knit, industrious community, where everyone has a unique and appreciated talent. Sherry (I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean) has always worked in broad strokes, both as artist and storyteller, but he finds a new level of visual subtlety and emotional acuity in this book. He lets his pictures tell the story and doesn't shy from expressing the genuine loss that Turtle feels when the animals announce they miss their families and want to sail for home ("But wasn't I their home?" he wonders, with plainspoken eloquence). The story resolves happily for all concerned, but what makes it especially so is the selflessness and resilience that Turtle shows when things look darkest. Ages 3 5.