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Rodney Was a Tortoise by Nan Forler
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Rodney Was a Tortoise by Nan Forler
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Feb 15, 2022 | ISBN 9780735266629

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One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2022), Starred Selection
One of Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2022

“Wry, observational writing and loose, frequently funny vignettes by Kang give this tale of loss its own distinctive, endearing resonance.” —STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

“Line breaks in Forler’s warm text slow the pace and focus on moments in time. Kang’s gentle watercolor and pencil illustrations touchingly depict this special relationship, making the inevitable all the more heartbreaking.” —STARRED REVIEW, The Horn Book

“Bernadette’s happiness and grief both are conveyed through distinctive details in a narrative that adeptly balances a hard topic with moments of laugh-out-loud humor.” Cooperative Children’s Book Center

“. . . [T]his gentle book may resonate, bring comport, and help children work through their feelings.” —CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“The firm directness here makes this more an authentic exploration of grief than an assured comfort, and the focus on Bernadette’s ongoing sorrow, especially as it contrasts with the bustle of an ongoing world, will resonate with readers who have suffered a recent loss or are still mourning one long past.” Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books

“This is a heartwarming book about love, loss, friendship, and restoration. Children . . . who’ve lost a pet will be touched by this sweet tale.” —Manhattan Book Review

“This is a touching story with sweet illustrations that will speak to kids of all ages.” —Midwest Book Review


Blue Spruce Award NOMINEE 2023

Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year SELECTION 2023

Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices SELECTION 2023

Charlotte Zolotow Award HONOR 2023

IODE Jean Throop Book Award SHORTLIST 2023

Shining Willow Award SHORTLIST 2024

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