Review from Maranatha News by Ruth Snyder

Tadeo Turtle

Author: Janis Cox

Publisher: Word Alive Press

ISBN #: 978-1-77069-695-2

List price: $12.88 (

Pages: 25


Reviewed by: Ruth L. Snyder

Tadeo Turtle, written and illustrated by Janis Cox, is a delightful children’s book, which includes a captivating story, beautiful illustrations, four craft activities using various media, and research suggestions. Children ages 2-8 will enjoy the book.

Tadeo is happy until he notices his friend, Sam Squirrel, can do things he can’t. He thinks all his problems will be solved if he can only get rid of his shell. However, with no shell, Tadeo discovers he is very vulnerable. Read the story to find out how Tadeo becomes thankful for the special way he is made.

My four-year-old daughter enjoyed the story and was enthralled by the pictures. I appreciated the rhyming text, the way Janis seamlessly teaches new vocabulary, and the variety of activities included.

Janis uses her past experience as an elementary teacher to craft a book that teaches many concepts in a fun way.  Children can learn lessons on self-esteem, turtles, and the defense systems of animals. A 24-page curriculum is also available.

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Ruth L. Snyder lives with her husband and five young children on a quarter section north of Glendon, Alberta. Homemaking and serving on the local public school board take up most of her time, but she also enjoys writing, editing, photography, and traveling. Ruth reviews biographies, historical, contemporary fiction and  non-fiction books for Maranatha News. Contact Ruth at

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