Old Turtle

Old TurtleTitle:  Old Turtle
Author:  Douglas Wood
Illustrator:  Cheng-Khee Chee
Publisher:  Pfeifer-Hamilton Publishers
ISBN:  0-938586-48-3

Summary:  The world argues about the nature of God until Old Turtle reminds everyone that in a way they are all right.
Butterfly’s notes:  This book is a wonderful starting-place for a discussion about the nature of God.  Old Turtle is a character that embodies wisdom.
Who or what is God, and how to we know?  Is God male or female?  Is God wise or powerful?  Large or infinitesimal?  Strong or gentle?  These are questions that the animals, rocks, plants, winds, and waters of the world argue over in Old Turtle.  Before you read the book, ask your children how they define God.  The answers are bound to be varied and interesting.

Categories:  ages 7-9, ages 10-12, mythology and legends, profound messages, animal stories, religious, picture books, Butterfly’s favorites

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