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Take Your Time

A Tale of Harriet, the Galapagos Tortoise

Eva Furrow, Donna Jo Napoli, Laurel Molk (Illustrator)


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Harriet the tortoise likes to do things slowly. She explores her home on the Galápagos Islands—slowly. She eats—slowly. And when the sun goes down, she slumbers deeply all night long.

When Harriet’s friends tell her to pick up the pace, Harriet decides to journey to a neighboring island to see what there is to see. She parades with penguins and rides with dolphins, encountering adventure at every turn. But is life in the fast lane right for a tortoise who loves to take her time?

Praise For Take Your Time: A Tale of Harriet, the Galapagos Tortoise

"Harriet, a slow-moving resident of one of the Galápagos Islands, endures the scolding of her neighbors, swims to another island “to see the penguin parade,” appreciates the variety of animals over, on, in, and under the ground and water, tries out speed by riding on a dolphin’s back, and returns with a new sense of self-respect. This sweet lesson is made even more palatable with engaging illustrations of cheerful Galápagos flora and fauna, including flamingos, iguanas, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, dolphins, humpback whales, hammerhead sharks, spotted rays, Sally Lightfoot crabs, even centipedes and snakes." - Kirkus Reviews

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9780805095210, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 11, 2017

About the Author

Eva Furrow and Donna Jo Napoli are a daughter-mother writing team. Their first book together was Bobby the Bold, illustrated by Ard Hoyt.

Donna Jo Napoli is an acclaimed author best known for her fantasy novels, including The Wager. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, with her family.

Laurel Molk has illustrated many books for children, including her own Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo, and FLO! She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and now lives near Boston with her family, a large black dog, and a yard full of ducks, wood frogs, spring peepers, and salamanders.