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Monday, September 27, 2021

There's More Than One Side to Everything! Turtle in a Tree by Neesha Hudson

It's absurd! A greyhound sees something that should not logically BE!

A TURTLE IN A TREE?

His friend, the little bulldog, declares that that cannot BE! Surely that's a squirrel up in that tree. Everyone knows--turtles don't climb trees. Squirrels climb trees. Ergo, That must be a squirrel up there. The bulldog climbs up on the greyhound's shoulders for a closer look.

"I SEE A LONG BUSHY TAIL." SAYS THE BULLDOG....

But the greyhound sees something else.

"A ROUND, LUMPY, TURTLEY SHELL!"

Whatever it is in the tree starts tossing acorns at the two dogs. HA! Proof positive. It's a squirrel!

TURTLE!

SQUIRREL!

TURTLE!

SQUIRREL!

Then--the moment of truth! A squirrel leaps down from the tree! HA! The greyhound admits he was wrong. But before the bulldog gets a chance to celebrate...

THUNK!

A turtle drops like a stone from the tree! What are the odds? A squirrel AND a turtle together in a tree? Could that ever BE?

And as the squirrel rides off on the turtle's back into the sunset (Well, actually, off for a cruise on the turtle's back in the pond), the two dogs ponder what they have learned.

It seems that sometimes two different things can be true at one and the same time, in author-illustrator Neesha Hudson's philosophical little parable, Turtle in a Tree. (Dial Books, 2021)

It's an amazing world, one in which a turtle may be in a tree and a squirrel might take a dive into the pond!

Perhaps Lewis Carroll's Alice was right--believing "six impossible things before breakfast" is the way to go to prepare for life in this amazing world! Says Booklist, "Using sparse text, chuckle-worthy sound effects, and several absolutely wonderful and expertly placed wordless spreads, Hudson is clearly a storyteller and artist who understands intuitively how to use silence and image to amplify laughs."

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