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Reviewed by Melinda Facal for Readers' Favorite
Tommy Turtle is a children’s picture book written by Mary and Michael Schmidt. In this engaging story, we follow Tommy, a shy turtle who is very reluctant to leave his home. Other turtles invite him out to play but Tommy is nervous and fearful that he will not fit in with the other turtles. One day he decides to venture out after a friendly turtle named Jerry asks him to join in. Through the encouragement of Jerry and the other turtles, Tommy learns that he can have fun and play with all the other turtles. Tommy also learns that sometimes it is okay to be quiet and to just observe what is going on. Many children will understand Tommy and his feelings of shyness. Children will find comfort in knowing that they are not the only ones who are reserved and that it is normal to feel this way from time to time.
The bashful little turtle in Tommy Turtle shares an experience that many young readers will relate to. Being timid and shy can make one’s experiences difficult or challenging. Through Tommy’s example, children will see that shyness can be overcome and also that it is common to feel afraid or reserved. Cheerful and vibrant illustrations accompany this story and will engage young readers as they follow Tommy from his hesitancy to play with other turtles to joining in the fun with his new friends. This is a highly recommended read that is sure to prompt discussions about the different emotions children experience in social situations. Parents, caregivers, and educators will find this book to be a helpful resource that addresses shyness encouragingly and positively.