Nate the Great and the Tardy Tortoise
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Nate the Great and the Tardy Tortoise (Nate the Great #16)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  144 ratings  ·  11 reviews
These chapter books introduce beginning readers to the detective mystery genre. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries!

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, andsomeone is eating the flowers in Nate the Great'sgarden. A green tortoise is slowly, slowly steppingacross the lawn, and Nate is slowly, slowlyf...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 10th 1996 by Yearling (first published 1995)
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Mercedes Todd
This book is about Nate and his dog Sludge and a tortoise. In the beginning Nate woke up and looked outside at his flowers. He saw a tortoise eating his plants. He rushed outside to stop the tortoise from eating all his flowers. The tortoise was moving very slowly. He was taking his time eating some of all the different flowers. Nate felt the tortoise was lost. So he decided to help find the tortoise’s home. Fisrt he took him to his friend Rosamond’s house. He asked her if she knew of anyone who...more
Nate the great didn't have a case. He looked in his garden and noticed a tortoise in it.
"He looked at it for a little bit and he picked it up and started asking the people next door if the tortoise was theirs."
It's hard to write a good early reader. Reading Nate aloud is less annoying than some others.
My daughter Chloe age 7 loved it!
Michelle. D.
Nate the Great books aren't that great. I hated them when I was a kid, yet I would always read them.The endings of the books were always the same, they figured out what or who did it. And where are Nate's parents? They just let their son walk around everywhere and question people. That is very irresponsible of them. Nate the Great books always made me fall asleep and always wasted my time. I would not recommend this book to anyone, especially little kids. If kids want real mystery, they should r...more
Jeana Wert
Nate the Great and The Tardy Tortoise consists of a young boy named Nate that had found a tortoise in his yard eating his flowers. Nate decided to help the tortoise find his home, so he went to his friends houses, the vets, and a reptile vet to look. He could not find its home. Finally he decided to investigate the bitten flowers next to his house to follow the trail back to its home. He found the tortoise's home and decided to come and visit the next day.
This time Nate’s customer was the one who was lost. This case was a bit harder than the other ones because his customer could not talk. Nate the Great soon reached a dead end and had to look for clues without anyone's for no one in the neighbourhood recognized his customer. This time his clue was to follow the “U” trail. That was the best part of the story. I think this is one of the best stories of Nate the Great. I loved it!
Gaby Roman
This book had great illustrations. I would use this book as a small group activity. I could have the kids listen to it on a tape and have them do a flip book with different parts such as :their favorite character, the setting, the author, and problem and draw a picture of each.
Aug 02, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Nate the Great wakes up to find a tortoise eating the flowers in his yard. He takes it upon himself to find the tortoise's home, no matter how difficult the case may be. Fun story to read aloud.
Katie Curry
This book is about Nate the Great trying to find the Tortoise's home.
I would use this book in my classroom to talk about patience, persistence, and habitats.
I adore Nate the Great. And now I want pancakes.
If your looking for an easy book this is the one
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