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Old Turtle by Douglas Wood

Old Turtle (1992)

by Douglas Wood

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This was written to appeal to adults, and not to children. Very preachy. The pictures are also adult-oriented. BTW, Not a folk tale. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Nov 13, 2013 |
Although this book has won numerous awards, I just didn't make a connection with it. I'm a little surprised. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
This dyed-in-the-wool atheist found Old Turtle preachy, treacly, and heavy-handed. The illustrations are nicely done, though. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
  cavlibrary | Apr 19, 2012 |
Old Turtle is a gorgeous watercolor picture book that's meant at least as much for adults as for children. In pre-human times, an argument begins among the animals over what God is like: higher than the mountains, more sturdy than the rock, farther and brighter than the stars, yet closer to the earth than the ants. Divisions occur when every being claims the imago dei only for him or herself, thereby excluding others' experiences of the divine. So Old Turtle offers this resolution: "God is all that we dream of, and all that we seek, all that we come from and all that we can find." But the truest expression of God comes not with our own realization of the imago dei within ourselves, but when we see it in one another and in all of creation. ( )
  the_awesome_opossum | Nov 16, 2010 |
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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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