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Old Turtle by Douglas Wood

Old Turtle (1992)

by Douglas Wood

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This is a must read for children and adults. It's a wonderful book on two levels--the message and the water colors. ( )
  slpwhitehead | Jan 17, 2016 |
This is a must read for children and adults. It's a wonderful book on two levels--the message and the water colors. ( )
  slpwhitehead | Jan 16, 2016 |
The water color illustrations could be shared in an art class as well as the very humanitarian message about living together on this planet and tolerance. ( )
  Glorydaze | Nov 7, 2015 |
This book is a great reminder that God is different things to different people, and people were made different by God. Some people may see God in a church, but this book explains that God can be anywhere from a babbling brook to the wind through the trees. ( )
  stuhldryer | Oct 9, 2015 |
The story starts out with the animals and elements arguing over where god lives. They all felt that god live within their special attributes. Until Old Turtle spoke up, and told them that god lives within all of them, that “God Is.” Old Turtle told them to remember this because soon a new family of beings will inhabit the earth. And then the humans came, and they forgot and got in arguments themselves about where, and who god is. Until one day the animals and elements spoke up in the same way that Old Turtle did, and pointed out that they saw god in each other, and after that the people did too.
  kacieholt | Mar 29, 2015 |
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This story is dedicated to my sons, Bryan and Eric, and to children of all ages who love turtles and rocks and rivers and other living things. -Douglas Wood

These paintings are dedicated to my children, and to Bee who has always encouraged me and made time for me to paint. -Cheng-Khee Chee
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Once, long ago... yet somehow, not so very long... 
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Tara Cameron gave us this book after it was deleted from the Wolford Public School Library because it was deemed too religious. A ridiculous decision since there is nothing dogmatic in this book and presumably aboriginal stories about the Great Spirit and myths and legends are fine.
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When all of creation--trees, stones, ants, the sky, fish—-begins arguing over who or what God is, quiet Old Turtle is the only one who has the wisdom and ability to see beyond herself to capture the essence. The debate escalates until Old Turtle finally speaks: "STOP!" She accepts and incorporates the beliefs of all the creatures: "God is indeed deep," she says to the fish in the sea, "and much higher than high," she tells the mountains. "God is gentle and powerful. Above all things and within all things... God IS." Old Turtle, after silencing the crowds with her understanding, makes a prediction about the appearance of a new "family of beings" in the world. These beings, human beings, do appear, and soon are fighting among themselves over the nature of God. It is only when people start listening to the mountains and winds and stones and stars that they actually begin to hear--and to heal the earth.

A graceful fable, with elegant, dreamlike watercolors by illustrator Cheng-Khee Chee, Douglas Wood's modern-day classic makes a hushed but strong environmental statement, as well as a plea for universal acceptance. (Ages 5 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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At a time when all the living things of the world could communicate an argument broke out over who and what God is. Old Turtle, in his wisdom, settles the argument in this parable which promotes our relationship with the earth and all the beings that inhabit it.… (more)

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