Book Review: “Milton The Square Shell Turtle”

Milton the square shell turtleMilton The Square Shell Turtle
By Mary Ann Tatro
Illustrated by:  Diane Lucas
This is an inspiring story for children about the importance of accepting yourself just as you are, even if you are a bit different.
Milton, the turtle, was different from all the other turtles.  You see, he had a square shell, something that no other turtle had. The other pond animals did not accept him and wouldn’t even share a space to rest with him. But he was never worried or overly concerned. He just left and moved on and hoped that things would get better for him. And through his upbeat attitude things did indeed get better for him. What a GREAT message for kids.
We are all different but our unique traits make us who we truly are. There are many important themes that can be deduced from this book. First, there is the theme of acceptance. It is important for kids to realize that they don’t have to compare themselves to others in order to be accepted. Sometimes, they have to accept themselves first in order to be accepted by others.
The second theme is about not worrying about fitting in. If others don’t accept you as you are just move on and look for better things, because better things are really around the corner.  And sometimes home is one the best places to be.  It is a place that you can call your own and where you can be completely yourself.
Thank you Mary Ann Tatro for writing such a wonderful children’s book with so many great messages.
Rating:  5 Stars
Reviewed by:  Irene S. Roth
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