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The Tale of a Turtle Who Learned a Good Lesson
by William K. Zimmer
Tobias, a box turtle who is always complaining about carrying his heavy shell while admiring the agility of lizards, befriends Lumpy, a toad. Lumpy tries to convince Tobias that being a lizard would not be as wonderful as he imagines, but Toby is unconvinced. Even when his shell saves Lumpy from a snake, Tobias continues to complain. A crafty vulture takes advantage of the turtle’s discontent and convinces Tobias that if he meets the “change monster,” he will be freed from his shell. Lumpy comes to the rescue just in time to push his friend out of the way of an eighteen-wheeler, foiling the vulture’s plan. Lumpy and Tobias return home after Tobias experiences a bad dream involving the snake. Tobias learns to like himself and is grateful for both his friend Lumpy and his shell.
About the Author:
William K. Zimmer is a retired Immigration Judge living in Houston, Texas. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and a law degree from the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. His concern that individuals learn to know and accept themselves inspired him to write this story, and he hopes it provides an opportunity for parents and children to think about and discuss this important personal challenge.
(2016, Hardcover, 32 pages)