by Brooke Keith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Chrissie's Shell / 978-1-593-17398-2
This is a sweet little parable of a turtle who wants to be a different forest animal - anything, really, as long as it's stronger, faster, and BETTER than how Chrissie feels she is. As she wistfully compares herself in lovely color pictures to the other forest creatures, she becomes more despondent, until she pleads to God to change her and God helps her to see that her special, unique gifts are important and worth cherishing.
I hadn't realized this is a "religious" book when I picked it up; the mention of God is very light and not bombastic or pushy - really, apart from the single Bible verse at the end, this could be written with almost any religion in mind. With a little tailoring, atheists parents could easily re-write / re-read the narrative as being told from, say, a wise old owl explaining the obvious evolutionary merits of Chrissie's slow deliberate pace, superb diving abilities, and protective shell.
Overall, this is a sweet story with very attractive artwork, and with a nice "you have merit as an individual" moral at the end.
NOTE: This review is based on a free Advance Review Copy of this book provided through NetGalley.
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