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Old Turtle And The Broken Truth

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Seekers of all ages have been inspired by the stirring message of Old Turtle, the beloved, award-winning wisdom tale of peace. Now Old Turtle returns in a timeless story about love, acceptance, and the nature of truth.

Long ago, as truth descended onto earth, it split in two: one piece landing among the people and the other blazing through the sky. When the people discover
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Scholastic Press
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Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This book has a powerful message about love. Half truths are not the same as whole truths. This old turtle is wise and I love the art in this book. Worth checking out. You are loved.
Julie Decker
Aug 16, 2014 rated it liked it
When the truth fell from the sky, it was broken. One piece was rejected by the animals as having something missing, but the humans embraced it, because it said they were loved. The humans shared it with other humans who were similar to them, and declared that the love was only for them. The fight over the love and the truth led to ugliness and pain, until a little girl helped everyone understand that the message they'd been living by was not the entire message, and they needed its other half to ...more
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
Julie Suzanne
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Such a Universalist message!
Jo Oehrlein
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This is for older elementary, maybe even middle school because it's pretty abstract.
Moesha Crawford
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Old Turtle and The Broken Truth is a folktale is about an object that signified truth that broke. As soon as the the truth broke everything in the village seemed to fall apart the people could not notice their beauty through the clear waters, trees were not as tall as the stars, and the breeze was not like music in the night sky. The truth was no longer heard in the village and the people were distraught.

The little girl was hurt by the pain she saw within her village. Therefore, she thought
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book for teaching children that differences in others is OK.
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
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
I found this book at a book sell that was hosted by the local library and in the section with all the Native American lore books. Knowing the significance of the turtle in some of the cultures I promptly grabbed the book up without looking at it so the actual story is a surprise to me while it doesn't have nothing to do with Native American culture for the most part.

The illustrations are beautiful, though, with some being detailed and others quite abstract. They matched the mood of the story b
Katherine Kim
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Learning With Passion
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
H.L. Balcomb
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Kara Wyatt
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jen Goeden
Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Kelli Ryne
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
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
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
"Come on People now, Smile on your brother, everybody get together, gotta love one another right now"

A Parable about reverence for earth, and its creatures'

This books pictures are very nice. I like that it is centered around an old turtle (Some turtles can live as old a 100 years.) The old turtle is wise.

The message is great about peace and love, and humanity getting along but...holy cow...long winded and with bland font and tiny words on big pages...seems like a waste of space to format it this
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!
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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.
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.

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Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-naked-now
This book was on my wish list for over a year- worth the wait! Watercolor illustrations beautiful, word pictures amazing, and it's at a level that my 6 year old can understand, yet so profound. The story passes on the basic truth that God's love is for everyone and every created being in this world.
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. :)
Whole And
Old Turtle, with the help of a young girl is able to restore love in the world by revealing the whole truth, an important message for all to hear and know. The broken half truth has been causing war and anguish in the world. A story to share and integrate into our lives daily, moment by moment when possible to experience the true peace we all need and deserve.
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kristine Hansen
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
A little more heavy-handed than the first book, and perhaps not entirely as clear. I still liked this story for the way it provokes the reader (or the listener) to think in ways they haven't thought before. Philosophical and deep, yet still beautiful. I do admire these books.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Margaret Boling
3/5/2017 ** Beautiful. A timely reminder of inclusiveness.

1/29/2017 ** One of my GR friends read this recently, and it showed up in my feed. I own an autographed copy of the original Old Turtle, and this looked interesting. Requested from Evergreen.
Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-favorites
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.
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. :)
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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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