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  • Published: 29 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143772651
  • Imprint: Puffin MR
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $17.99

The Smallest Turtle




In this timeless classic by the famed author of Hairy Maclary, a baby turtle makes a perilous journey to the sea.

Lynley Dodd's classic story about a little turtle who hatches late, and must make a dangerous dash to the sea all by himself.
The words in his head became stronger than ever,
'To the SEA - to the SEA.'

The smallest turtle is the last of his family to set out on the journey to the sea. The sand is hot and the danger is great - will he make it to the safety of the ocean?

A beautiful story to read aloud, with illustrations that are sure to awaken and stimulate a child's interest in the wonders of nature.

From Lynley Dodd, the creator of the much-loved Hairy Maclary and Friends series.

  • Pub date: 29 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143772651
  • Imprint: Puffin MR
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $17.99

About the Author

Lynley Dodd

Lynley Dodd graduated from the Elam School of Art in Auckland with a diploma in Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture. She went on to teach art before taking a break to start a family. She began to work as a freelance illustrator and collaborated with author Eve Sutton on My Cat Likes To Hide in Boxes. There was no looking back as Lynley went on to write and illustrate her own books for children. Exuberant artwork and bouncy rhymes come together perfectly in books like Slinky Malinki and Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy. As well as being a visual delight, these are some of the most rewarding books for children and adults to read out loud. It comes as no surprise that, as a child, she adored Dr Seuss because of his 'crazy sounds and the fact that he took such liberties with the English language.' Other favourite authors included A A Milne and the fairy tales of The Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen. Today, Lynley is a big fan of Quentin Blake 'because of his humour and very clever art work.'

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Praise for The Smallest Turtle

“Lynley Dodd’s picture books are great fun to read aloud...How can you resist language like, “So away he went, skitterscatter…down a gravelly hole…through some prickly grass….” The rhyme, rhythm, and repetition in this story make it fun, too.”

Emma Filbrun, Learning Resource Directory


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