Tudley Didn’t Know by John Himmelman.
This picture book’s illustrations immediately drew me in. The turtles basking in the sun on logs and trailing their limbs in the water captured completely the mood of a summer’s day. But that mood doesn’t last long with Tudley around. When a bird drops a piece of lichen into the pond, Tudley helps out by picking up the lichen and flying it back up to the nest. Yes, flying. Tudley doesn’t realize what he can and can’t do, so he is able to do all sorts of amazing things that turtles don’t normally try. Finally, he is faced with having to do a turtle sort of thing in order to survive, but he has to be shown how to do it.
I loved the message of this book. Try to do something before you tell yourself you can’t. I know that it will speak to children who are often told that they can’t do something even though deep inside they know that they can. This book is a great read aloud and will be a wonderful addition to turtle storytimes as well as units on self-esteem.