I love this story. It’s very simple – just the journey of the last-hatched turtle from the hole in the sand down to the sea. The little turtle skitters past rocks and beetles and the roots of a tree, but he starts to struggle in the sun. He cools off in the shade of a leaf, and then the words come back to him: “To the sea – to the sea.” Onward he goes, past hungry gulls, and at last, he reaches the cool sea.
“It’s the SEA,” he sang,
“It’s the SEA!”
I read this many times to my girls, and each time, as they followed the little turtle’s way to the sea, they would get a little anxious, and their bodies would get tense. Would he get there? And each time, as the little turtle reached the sea, they would sigh with relief, and wriggle a bit.
This is my favourite Lynley Dodd book, and it’s the last one I will blog for this NZ Book Month series. So I won’t be writing about some other excellent ones, such as The Nickle Nackle Tree and Sniff-Snuff-Snap and Schnitzel von Krumm’s Basketwork and Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack and Schnitzel von Krumm Dogs Never Climb Trees. Next year, maybe.