tadeo turtle
My daughter loved Tadeo Turtle, a story about a little turtle who enjoyed life until he realized how different he was from the other animals around him. He dreamed that his shell fell off and he quickly learned how perfectly God had made him.  My daughter was able to relate to Tadeo Turtle and learned the importance of being herself and accepting who God created her to be.

Author, Janis Cox, uses beautiful watercolor paintings to accompany her delightful tale.  I find it fascinating that she both wrote and illustrated this book- weaving together a beautiful rhyme with a purposeful message.  The message is simple, yet profound, and reaches the hearts of young children and adults alike.This is a gentle story that children will appreciate.

Janis includes activities at the end of the book that adults can do with kids, making the book come alive and adding another hands-on, fun dimension to the story.  I especially like the dough turtle recipe.

The author also includes some additional research about turtles at the end of the book for further learning.  She understands that kids have inquisitive minds and may want to learn more about turtles after hearing her story. I appreciate her  list of turtle resources as well as the craft activities she added to the book.

Overall, Tadeo Turtle was a hit in my home. It is a wonderful story that my kids and I enjoyed reading; the message is profound, the illustrations are beautiful, the crafts are fun and the additional resources on turtles were an added bonus.


I received this book copy free of charge in exchange for an honest review- either positive or negative.  I was not paid for this review, nor asked to give a positive review of this product.  All opinions are mine and are honest.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. 


At her website, you can find out more about Janis Cox and her background as a school teacher, painter, writer, stay-at-home mom, and small business owner.  She also enjoys dance and piano and has a passion for prayer.

Thanks, Janis, for your beautiful heart and allowing His beauty to pour through you into the pages of a book for our kids.

About Demetria Zinga

Demetria is a homeschooling mom and mompreneur who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, two daughters, and a dog. She currently runs two podcasts for homeschool moms and moms in business, writes songs, and spends lots of time at coffee shops. Her goal is to be an encourager and motivator of women, helping them to find success and joy in homeschooling, business, and motherhood.

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