Synopsis: This is the story of a tortoise with very big dreams.
This is a delightful, inspirational story of a friendship and striving to achieve your dreams. It is beautifully illustrated with scenes from the unfolding adventure, enhancing the appeal of the story to children and adults alike.
As a parent and teacher, I liked the moral messages about not giving up and how sometimes unlikely people can prove to be supportive friends. The paperback version of this book is 28 x 0.2 x 21.6 cm, a great size for sharing. The illustrations of the animals are simply superb, bringing them to life and really helping children imagine what is happening, especially those who may not be aware what the creatures look like.
The book could easily promote discussions about unlikely friendships, standing up to bullies, protecting friends, friendship, journeys, dreams and so much more. Not necessarily a major issue, just something to be aware of, I didn’t like the idea of tortoise having to starve herself to achieve her dreams and suspect that aspect would need careful handling especially for anyone having or in danger of developing eating disorders.
Overall, an enjoyable, inspirational and beautiful picture book with a great story. I requested and was lucky enough to be gifted a paperback copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
When I was a child, I had many problems in school. I had a hard time concentrating and committing things to memory and was hyperactive – characteristics that would be recognised today as typical of someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
I sat as far back as possible in the class and while the teacher talked and talked about things that I didn’t understand, I drew – though from a distance the teacher may have thought I was making notes on what he was saying. Quite often the teacher noticed and punished me or expelled me from class.
I had a lot of imagination and that helped me to create many different stories.
Later, after studying graphic design and working in advertising, I changed course and decided to dedicate myself to theatre and dance. I studied at the Theatre Institute of Barcelona and soon after I joined The Lindsay Kemp Company, where I worked for many years and in parallel created my own theatre company.
In the 1990’s I left the theatre and immersed myself once again in graphic design, starting to work on 3D computer design programmes.
I am also very interested in the world of meditation and healing and I travelled all over the world, getting to know other cultures and investigating Shamanism, especially in India and Mexico. I conducted many workshops in Spain on how to use silence to encourage creativity.
Today I continue to love the world of drawing and children’s stories and I have many drawings and writings to edit in the future.
Since 2017 I have lived in London and found the peace and tranquillity to work and to make my dreams come true.