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The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Thomas the Turtle lives with his family on a picturesque pond. He is told by his mother not to go to a forbidden region of the pond. But Thomas's curiosity gets the better of him and one day he ventures too close and is swept away. What follows is a battle with nature as Thomas struggles to reunite with his family. ...more
Paperback, 20 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Jupiter Scientific
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Theresa Ketcher
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thomas the Turtle is a delightful story beautifully illustrated realism of the love for family, life lessons, and the importance of obeying parents. I read this book aloud and shared the pictures to Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students in my school and followed with questions and discussion. As the children listened they became more engaged in what was happening to Thomas and eagerly wanted to see the pictures. I recommend this book for all ages to remind us of making wise choices especial ...more
Duane Silverstein
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Adventures of Thomas the Turtle by Stuart Samuel is story that children will love. Kids will love the adventure. Parents will love the moral. Those interested in nature will love the turtle family and the outdoor setting. Everyone will love the beautiful illustrations.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thomas the turtle lives with his sister Sally and his mother Myrtle at Placid Pond. His father unfortunately disappears one day while he and his eleven brothers are out swimming and exploring uncharted territory. Some strange mysterious force sweeps him away and he is never seen again. The spot where he vanishes is named the forbidden region and Thomas promises his mother that he will never, ever go near there.

But one day curiosity gets the best of Thomas and he strikes out to go to search for
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are 3 things a child can take away from reading The Adventures of Thomas the Turtle, though I'm sure there are more depending on your perspective.

1. Listen to your parents - Thomas is warned not to go to a specific area in their pond, but he is overcome with curiosity and forced into an adventure that separates him from his family.

2. Wild animals belong in their natural habitat. Leave them alone. Thomas meets a couple of kids whose first instinct is to take him home with them as a pet, whi
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One curious turtle takes a dangerous journey in The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle by Stuart Samuel. The story is simply told with lovely colorful illustrations. Thomas’ story is one of family, kindness of others, going astray and returning home the wiser for the journey. Also within the story is a spiritual quality that I was pleased to see.

Geared towards young children, Thomas’ adventure has enough danger to keep them interested but not so much as to scare children. Early elementary children w
Mary April Anderson
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book, which I read on NetGalley.

Adjectives to describe this book (in story order): tranquil, inquisitive, panic-stricken, suspenseful, adventuresome, joyful

Nouns related to the book's themes (in story order): family, nature, curiosity, adversity, endeavor, determination, faith, intervention, filial loyalty, happiness

As you can tell by the last words: it has a happy ending.

Also see my comment to Liliyana Shadowlyn's review.

My rating: 4.5 stars
Carol Keen
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
​An adorable and well illustrated turtle story. I really enjoyed it and children of all ages should enjoy this as well. ​Mother's have great wisdom, and should be listened to. Will Thomas learn that before it's too late?

My copy came from Net Galley. My thoughts and opinions are my own. This review is left of my own free volition.
Bob Lichens
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ACR from the publisher.

I read this book to my son and he loved the story. The story is very good.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A story of a turtle who tempts fate and faces disaster. This is a tale of warning against dangers and the child ( the turtle) ignores the impending doom. This teaches about nature, it's hidden traps , obedience for safety sake, learning to face serious obstacles and trials and surmounting them, learning thankfulness for elders who try to teach you in order to keep you safe. Watercolor illustrations in natural settings, not cartoony. Good also for ecology minded, nature lovers, naturalists, natu ...more
Emily Wyatt
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
An endearing tale of a brave turtle curious about the world around him. The beautiful illustrations capture the emotional journey of finding one's way home. The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle is a great read for children of all ages, and is sure to have you wondering where the turtles that cross your path have come from and where they might be going.

— Emily Wyatt, Author of Goodnight Little Rock
Paul Franco
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Between bright illustrations of forest and water a mama turtle tells her son not to go to the forbidden zone, where his dad was lost so long ago. He’s a kid, one who roughhouses with his sister; guess what happens.
Pretty simple story well told, with a message parents will love, if not kids. Even the humans come off well in this one.
Penny lurkykitty
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, kids
I received an electronic copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.
A well illustrated book about Thomas the turtle who does not listen to his mother about a dangerous part of the pond. He is curious and ventures to the edge of the pond where he is swept over a waterfall. He survives the jagged rocks and rushing water and pulls himself up the bank, exhausted. In attempting to get home, he is rescued by two children who take him back to the pond. There are good messages abou
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts: This is a cute story about a young turtle who one day, decides to go against his mother's rules, going to the forbidden region. Thomas' father was lost in the forbidden region of the pond and never seen again. Thomas goes on a wild ride and ends up far from home and struggles to find a way back. Fortunately, two children are there to assist him.
The illustrations made this book for me. They were very well done and do a great job showing Thomas' story from home, to the forbidden regio
Jane Shambler
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, children
This was a sweet story about turtles. The underlying message was one of listen to your mother.

The illustrations are very well done and represent the story well.

I think children and adults alike will enjoy it. Although there is an argument that children should not follow blindly.

Quite well written.

*ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley*
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great story about a turtle with great illustrations. My six year old son loved it.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A cute turtle story.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My native language is Spanish so I cannot judge the writing as well as a native speaker. I thought the book was very cute.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
This is a cute little story about a turtle who doesn't take his mother's advice and wanders into the area where his father was last seen. What had appeared to be a calm part of the pond suddenly revealed itself to have hidden dangers and Thomas is swept downstream.

From then on he has to use his own ingenuity and determination to get back to his safe part of the pond. Along the way he is helped by some children who sensibly realise that he is a wild creature and shouldn't be taken home
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful children's book. ...more
Dana Gisser
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from netgalley for a review.

The illustrations in this book were beautiful as well as accurate, as the daughter of a herpetologist I often have problems with inaccuracies of animals both in drawing and in the narrative. The illustrations were much more enticing to me than the actual story line however.

I loved that this book mentioned the turtles need for water and that the human kids did the right thing. I have to admit I was slightly disappointed at this resolution
Mary Carusi
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Inspires to fight to achieve one's most important goals. ...more
Liliyana Shadowlyn
May 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: do-not-recommend
Although I enjoyed the illustrations, I found this book to be clunky, and unsuitable for children. With forced, choppy dialog and words that I would not expect the intended audience to understand, this book was a poor attempt at a fun story for children. I'm not sure if the underlying moral was meant to be so overt, instead of subtle, like an Aesop's fables. The book also discourages children from doing things independently and encourages blind obedience. The way Thomas's father and his disappea ...more
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Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Rose (age 7) for Reader Views (01/18)

“The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle” by Stuart Samuel was so fun! I liked how the adventure took place. Thomas the Turtle was going to swim to a new part of the pond that his mother warned him not to go to. Then there was a water fall that pulled him over the edge with jagged rocks at the bottom, and he thought there was an evil force that was under the water. Then there was a whirlpool that was trying to suck him in, but he found a way to get on
LitPick Book Reviews
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Penhallow is a stone gargoyle (though the proper term, he says, is a “Grotesque”). He protects his building and its residents from the evil, undead Netherkin, who attack the living from the shadows. One night, his only friends are killed, leaving him as the last Grotesque in the city of Boston. That’s not the only worrisome thing that’s happened, though. His new wards are being attacked by Netherkin much more than usual, a mysterious October snowstorm is coming, and strange figures are prowling ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
First of all, I have to say that the illustrations are gorgeous. I picked this one up especially because my son has a turtle pacifier that goes everywhere with him, so I'm particularly interested in turtle books these days :-P
Thomas the Turtle's father once got swept away, and he promised his mother he'd never return to the spot of the accident...but of course he gets curious and just has to check it out! Of course he gets swept away too, and once lost prays that he'll get back to his family. A
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is a story about Thomas the Turtle who wants to venture beyond Placid Pond. When he goes to a place where he has been warned by his mother not to go, he gets into a very dangerous situation. Fortunately for Thomas, it ends well. The illustrations are very nice and my grandson and I talked about them, but he was not really interested in the story, it was too long for him. I think this would be a good story for children 5 to 6 with the message being to listen to your parents when they warn yo ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thomas the Turtle lives in Placid Pond with his family. Thomas' mother warns him never to go to the forbidden region of the pond. An evil force lives there and it swept his father away.

Thomas plays with his sister and explores, but eventually his curiosity gets the best of him and he heads to the forbidden region. Like his father, the water in the forbidden region pulls him away, far away. This starts Thomas' adventure and his struggle to get back to Placid Lake.

*A copy of this book was provided
Cheryl Olivera
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Stewart Samuel bring us an Amazing adventure in The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle. A story about a turtle that ventures out to see what happened to his father. This story will appeal to children in elementary school and younger. It has a great lesson about listening when you are told, and not to disobey. Nathaniel Dailey's illustrations are wonderful, and vivid, and will charm the reader. This is a very cute story little ones will love ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thomas the turtle was warned to stay away from the fast moving water by his mother. But he didn’t listen and got swept over a waterfall. Luckily some kids found him and returned him to his home and mother in Placid Pond. The story is typical and overly long. It’s incredibly wordy. The illustrations are not bad, but the cover needs redone.
Bookworm Blogger
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a lovely story. The illustrations are beautiful and will help engage children with the book. I would love to read more about the adventures that Thomas goes on so please consider writing a sequel. I can't wait till my son is old enough to read this story. ...more
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