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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Finding Tucker is a children's story, narrated in rhyme and illustrated by Grayce L. Presnar. While playing in their backyard during a family get-together, the children find a small turtle, which they name Tucker. The tiny turtle is lucky not to have been stepped on during the family's volleyball game. As he is gently picked up, Tucker hides his feet and head inside his shell. The children take the turtle inside to keep him safe, and he sleeps inside a bucket during the night but he has disappeared the following day. The bucket has fallen on its side and Tucker has walked right out the screen door. Although the children are brokenhearted, they know Tucker had gone back to his place in the world where he belongs.
I enjoyed reading Finding Tucker and I love the message that it teaches children. Grayce L. Presnar's tale and illustrations show the innocence of finding a small animal in the yard, and the instinct to want to claim it as your own and protect it. Wild animals, however, cannot just be claimed and more often than not have their own home and family to take care of. Tucker's journey back into the wild is one of nature, whereas the children's ambition is to nurture. It is a wonderful but sad lesson to learn while growing up. I believe children aged four and over will enjoy Tucker's story and it would be ideally stocked in libraries and daycare centers to be enjoyed by children worldwide.