Turtle in a Tree (Hardcover)

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Have you ever disagreed with a friend? Have you ever been wrong? Do you know how to apologize? If not, check out this helpful and adorable picture book. Greyhound sees a turtle up in the branches of a tree. A turtle! Impossible, says the much shorter Bulldog. He’s certain it’s a squirrel up there in that tree. As they gaze at the tree, arguing back and forth, suddenly THUNK! A turtle has fallen out of the tree! (She walks away from the incident uninjured.) And right behind Turtle is her friend Squirrel. Bulldog and Greyhound show they are adept at saying sorry, and wow! Did they ever learn about the importance of looking at things from all different perspectives? Not only is the story charming, important, and slyly hilarious, but Neesha Hudson’s whimsical artwork does a beautiful job expressing the many emotions of her characters. Turtle in a Tree will be among my favorite picture books of the year.

— Jenny Chou


A spare and laugh-out-loud-funny picture book about seeing only half the full picture . . . and admitting when you're not quite all the way right.

A greyhound swears there's a turtle in the tree. A bulldog says it's a squirrel. After all, a turtle in a tree? Who's ever heard of such a thing? But their argument leads to a most surprising discovery . . . that maybe neither one of them is all the way wrong, or all the way right, and friendship is all about listening to someone else's perspective.

About the Author

Neesha Hudson is a freelance author-illustrator living on the coast of Maine. She is delighted to spend most of her days drawing funny little characters and sipping black tea. She is the illustrator of Walk Your Dog (Putnam 2018), but this is her author-illustrator debut. When not illustrating, Neesha enjoys spending time with her husband, their two children, two dogs, and four chickens.

Praise For…

"A funny and insightful look at perspective-taking . . . The soft art—with spare but colorful details and plenty of white space—adds a dreamlike quality." —Kirkus

"Using sparse text, chuckle-worthy soundeffects, 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." —Booklist

"The watercolor and colored pencil illustrations give the sparse backgrounds and the dogs interesting textures and gradients . . . . Imbedded in this humorous little tale is a lesson about seeing both sides of a situation before deciding who’s right." —BCCB

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593323311
ISBN-10: 0593323319
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: June 8th, 2021
Pages: 40
Language: English