Stan, The Little Turtle

Children - Animals
24 Pages
Reviewed on 03/24/2017
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Author Biography

Anne Toole grew up in Williston, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Anderson Jr. College in Anderson, South Carolina. She is also a graduate of the University of Georgia. She taught first grade for thirty years in Augusta, Georgia. Ms. Toole has always enjoyed reading and writing poetry. As a child, she loved to listen to nursery rhymes and stories written in rhyme. When she became a teacher, she used nursery rhymes and simple poems in her class to enhance the regular Language Arts curriculum. After retiring , Ms. Toole worked part time for three years as an ESOL teacher and also began writing stories about children and animals. Most of the stories are written in verse. Ms. Toole is an avid traveler and has traveled extensively in the United States, Canada,, and Europe. She has also traveled in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Ms. Toole presently resides in Columbia, South Carolina. She is also the author of Mean Mike, The Bird That Didn't Want To Be A Bird, The Frog That Lost His Croak, A Dog Named Cat and The Crow in the Big Oak Tree.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen for Readers' Favorite

Stan, The Little Turtle by Anne Toole is a heartwarming, rhyming children's book about a young turtle named Stan. Stan enjoys swimming in the pond, and never wants to leave. His mother tells him that he should meet the other animals that are around the pond, but Stan says that he doesn't want to and that all he wants to do is swim. His mother decides to let him be. But then one day Stan wakes up and can't find his mother anywhere. He asks the other animals if they've seen her, and if they would help him look for her, but all the animals just run, or fly, away. Will Stan ever be reunited with his mother?

I really enjoyed reading Stan, The Little Turtle by Anne Toole. The book is very well written and the rhyming is well done. The book is very relatable, because many people don't want to meet others, and instead want to do what they feel comfortable doing. The characters were all very likeable because they are all very thoughtful and kind. The illustrations by Richa Kinra depict the scenes very well. The pictures are also very colorful and children will enjoy looking at them. The book teaches a very important lesson about friendship that all children should hear. This book can be enjoyed over and over again. I highly recommend Stan, The Little Turtle by Anne Toole to all young readers.

Deborah Lloyd

A delightful children’s book, with important lessons, describes Anne Toole’s work, Stan the Little Turtle. Stan loved to swim in the pond, staying close to his mother. Although she encouraged him to meet other creatures of the pond, he was reluctant to do so, preferring his comfortable and fun space. One day Stan woke up and his mother was not to be found. Stan sought out those other creatures – a frog, bird, squirrel, heron, and mole – asking if they had seen his mother. All the creatures did not respond, but left quickly. However, they knew his mother and decided to look for her together. Stan the Little Turtle learned the value of friendship and teamwork.

While the author imparts several important lessons, friendship is clearly addressed. Other lessons are left for the parents to address, and this is a strength of the book. A parent can discuss other lessons, matching what the child is currently experiencing. Why was Stan the Little Turtle reluctant to meet other animals? Was he shy, or afraid, or not wanting to leave his mother’s side? Why did the other animals not answer him, but rather flew or walked away? Why did the other creatures decide to help the mother turtle? There are additional nuances parents can explore, making the story “new” after every read. In Stan, the Little Turtle, author Anne Toole and illustrator Richa Kinra create an engaging and sweet tale. It is a children’s book parents can use in encouraging children to step outside of familiar territory, such as the first day of school. A unique children’s book, rich in meaning!

Jack Magnus

Stan, The Little Turtle is a children's animal picture picture book written by Anne Toole and illustrated by Richa Kinra. Stan loved to swim in the pond that he and his mom would visit every day. The water was warm and swimming was so much fun. His mom was happy to see him enjoying himself so much, but she knew Stan should also get to know the other creatures that lived in the pond and the woods surrounding it. Stan just didn't want to hear it. He said that he didn't need to meet the other creatures, because he just wanted to swim. One day, however, he woke up, and his mom was not there. Stan was stunned to discover that he was on his own. He saw a frog and asked him if he knew where Stan's mom was, but the frog just hopped away. A bright red cardinal sitting overhead on a tree branch simply flew away when Stan asked for help. No one wanted to talk to him, and Stan was getting frightened. The other animals did realize that Stan's mom was missing, and they actually began to search for her. Stan did get his mom back, and he learned that friends can be a great help when you're in trouble.

Anne Toole's animal picture book for children, Stan, The Little Turtle, is a charming tale in verse about a little turtle who really doesn't see the need for making friends until his mom abruptly vanishes. Richa Kinra's illustrations work so well with this cautionary fable. Each of the animals that Stan asks for help is realistically rendered, and her blue heron is a masterpiece! I especially love the facial expressions she gives to Stan and his mom, as well as the bright colorful panels illustrating the pond and woods. Stan's tale is perfect for story time, and the detailed illustrations will keep even the most fidgeting child raptly attentive. Stan, The Little Turtle is most highly recommended.