Old Turtle And The Broken Truth
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Powerhouse team Douglas Wood and Jon J Muth present a sequel to Old Turtle, the award-winning wisdom tale of peace and love for the earth.

In this profoundly moving fable, the earth & all its creatures are suffering, for the people will not share their Truth, which gives them happiness & power, with those who are different from them. Then one brave Little Girl seeks...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Scholastic Press
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Katherine Kim
This is a creative story about a civilization that finds a piece of Truth, but cannot understand the true meaning of it until they find the other half. A young girl tires to find out what it is by asking the old wise turtle. This book takes the reader through themes of peace, love and equality. It may be a book suitable for older children in middle school or even adults as there is a lot of symbolism and deep meaning to comprehend. Moreover, adults may appreciate the book/content more than child...more
Julie Suzanne
Such a Universalist message!
Liz
A Truth fell from the sky and broke into two pieces. People found a half of the truth and would not share it with others. To help bring everyone together, a brave little girl journeys to a great hill in center of the world seeking help from Old Turtle. Old Turtle, seeing the wisdom and bravery in the young girl, gives her the other half of the broken truth. The little girl brings the other half of the truth home and shares it with everyone, thus ending the suffering and quarreling.

"Old Turtle a...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
I really enjoyed this book.


It is about a stone that falls from the sky that is the broken truth. The animals are uninterested in it because it is not the whole truth. They decide to leave it alone. One day a human finds it and he really likes how good it makes him feel. Before the broken truth was found humans could listen to nature but after they find the broken truth they become obsessed with only it. Other humans want to have the broken truth as their own and they start to discover how differ...more
Talia Apkon
This book is absolutely beautiful. The story, told as a simple fable, brings both wisdom and hope to the issues currently facing our global community. The watercolors are simple and evoke emotions that deepen the reader's experience of the story. I would recommend this book to almost anyone--I believe people of all ages could get something out of reading it. I could imagine using this book in a classroom setting during a unit on fables or on any subject that might bring up the division and separ...more
H.L. Balcomb
A classic story about the far-reaching duality of human sentiment.

The book covers theme of selfishness, jealously, and narrow-mindedness, yet it also illustrates the depth of goodness, cooperation, and gifts of compassion that we are capable of achieving as beings of higher intent.

Although this is considered a children's book, I think it could equally appeal to an adult audience. As a teacher, I can see the possibility of creating a whole curriculum around this book's content. Additionally, th...more
Timothy
3.5 stars, really. I love the overall message, that we must love one another and our universe, but the text is almost too obvious? sentimental? I find no fault with the artwork.
Stephanie
This could be the best thing I have ever read. It would be worth learning a second language, and then some rare third, for the joy of translating this story and giving it to more people.
Racingmom
The most eye opening and beautiful book that I've read in a very long time. For a picture book, the message here is much stronger and more deep than most children's books. We must see outside of ourselves for truths in the world. All things and all people are important, no matter how similar/different. With recent personal happenings in my life, this book sure made me feel happy about myself and reaffirmed that I should keep my current view of the world, no matter how much people see me as stran...more
Kara Wyatt
This story is a fable about an old turtle that sees the truth fall from the sky. The truth becomes broken when it falls but a human picks it up and sees words written on the truth that says; “You are loved.” Although humans feel loved, they do not know that it is not the whole truth. A little girl undertakes a long journey to find the whole truth and comes upon the turtle as well as the other half of the truth. By finding the other part, and taking it back to the humans, she and the turtle hope...more
Mckinley
The story has the feel of a fable with the wise animals especially the turtle and a young person who is concerned and goes seeking the Truth (capital T).
Kelli Ryne
What a beautiful story! This book is excellent for helping to examine the nature of cultural and religious differences and the underlining similarity that holds humanity together. A truth breaks into two parts, one saying, "You are loved," and the second part is lost. I would ask students to consider how this broken truth could apply to the Crusades unit. Why is it Jerusalem changed control religiously so often during that time? Who was loved? Why? How was the truth broken? What could have been...more
Kathleen
Okay, perhaps this isn't a Pagan children's book, but the lesson is in keeping with Pagan principles. It's a beautiful picture book for older kids--probably for kids starting around grade 3. It's a parable that points to the destructive character of monotheistic, our-way-is-the-only-way religion. The lesson of the book is that living in the world requires a reverence for nature and the ability to see ourselves in everyone and to see everyone in ourselves. It's a wonderful book for children. I wi...more
Jen Goeden
The “Old Turtle” is a story about who God, which is starts with the beginning of the earth when just animals where on here. There is an argument on who God is.

The pictures in this book are so cool and they go along showing what is going on in the story. It is really different to go a few pages with now pictures and just words. This is a great book to help students remember who God is and what he does for us. I got to meet the author of this book when I was young so that makes me like it even mor...more
Heidi
I pulled this off the shelf--obviously because it looked like it would be about a turtle. I did not expect this book to be of a highly symbolic about human nature, and truth, and love, and a lot. It is definitely one to ponder on more. There could be so many meanings to what was said (at least I was getting out quite a few) that I don't think Douglas Wood even intended. But that is the whole point of the written word!
Tanya
I'm a little torn - I want to like this better than I did. It is about loving and accepting all people. Yet I wanted it to also be about loving and accepting the world - a little more zen, I guess. Also, it is rather long, too long, really, to hold a child's attention, especially with the lovely, but not very descriptive paintings. Like the first one, this seems more meant for tweens and up.
Samiha
Old Turtle and the Broken truth is such a fantastic story. It's all about accepting others - not just people like you - and living in peace and harmony together. People, nature, animals, everything. It's so beautiful and wonderful! I was able to really get into it because I actually did an Old Turtle and the Broken Truth play with/in an acting class! I very much recommend it. :)
Snorkle
I liked the watercolor illustrations of this book, and that was actually why I checked it out, because I saw that Jon J. Muth was the illustrator. I didn't care much for the story though, it was a little too new-age for me. I probably wouldn't recommend.

*Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2009...
Amanda
Both this and the book Old Turtle are beautiful stories about why people should not fight over things that are teaching them to love and accept each other. This has to be one of the best children's books out there, and many adults could benefit from it also. The illustrations are gorgeous and go perfectly with the story.
Sara
Such a beautiful story about how society can hold onto a truth without seeing that it's broken. Such a great way for me to teach my daughter that it doesn't matter what a person looks like, who they love or where they are from, everyone is important and just part of a whole. :)
Tara
This is one of the best books I've ever read. Beautiful in both message and illustration. I got it for my daughter's 1st birthday - she's now five and it's still a bit over her head. Not one for the very wee, but a lovely and inspiring book for (almost) all ages.
Betsy
This very timely and loving children's story was recommended and referred to in my current read "Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed cross the road?" by Brian McLaren. It's a good story for all the world's children.
Ashley
A truth falls from the sky and breaks into two pieces. Whoever has only one part of the truth doesn't know its true meaning and things are unsettled. The two pieces need to be brought together.
Rachel
Mar 19, 2008 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book has a great message of love one another. Treat others they way you want to be treated. Beautiful illustrations. Maybe a little deep for youn, young readers, but brought me to tears.
Anna
One of the most beautiful stories I've ever read. Old Turtle reveals a truth that is as simple and timeless as it is radical and revolutionary. Gorgeous illustrations. One of my favorites!
Randie
A powerful fable in which the moral is, there is no one truth, there are many truths and we need to be accepting of them all.

Illustrations are meaningful and set the tone of the story.
David
Immanuel Kant and the categorical imperative? Oof. So much work. Just read this instead.

I'd give it more stars if I could.
Theresa
a native american legend, beautiful pictures and a sad story
beautiful pictures and brings appreciation of nature to the classroom
a beautiful story, with awesome pictures
Julie
Teaches about god, religion and the importance of peace. Non-denominational...not specific to Christianity. Good for any family that believes in a higher power.
Erica
well, sort of a kids book, in that i borrowed it from a 4 year old, but she wasn't ready for it. beautiful illustrations, and an important fable about tolerance.
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Composer, recording artist, wilderness guide, and self-taught naturalist-Douglas Wood is perhaps most widely known as the highly acclaimed author of OLD TURTLE, a 1993 ABBY Award winner and an International Reading Association Book of the Year. Author of several books for readers of all ages, Douglas says he is always seeking themes that are universally significant to both children and adults. His...more
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