Congratulations to Danielle Hammelef who won The Voice that Won the Vote from last week's blog.
Memoirs of a Tortoise (Sleeping Bear Press, 2020) is a clever and heart-warming book written by Devin Scillian and beautifully illustrated by Tim Bowers. Young readers will follow a year in the life of Oliver, an 80-year-old tortoise, whose "pet" is his fellow senior citizen, Ike. It is a book about friendship, aging, and taking time to enjoy the world around us.
It's a glorious day and Ike just brought me a plate of lettuce and dandelions and a bright, crunchy apple.Ike is my pet. I love Ike. And Ike loves me. He runs his hand across my shell and tells me so.This, this is life and it's beautiful.
Ike throws a stick and says, "Oliver, fetch!" But we just laugh because we both know I'm not chasing a silly stick. We do this every day.
Oliver ambles across the garden to enjoy the hibiscus. He remembers his mother telling him, "The whole world is in a hurry. They miss so much."
"... this is my favorite time of all, just me and Ike and this beautiful garden. How long can we sit here? How about forever?"
When Oliver sees sad people come to Ike's home, he realizes that Ike is gone and decides to visit his 137-year-old mother. But it's a long walk to her garden and Oliver has to cross ten gardens to get to her. Finally, he sees her wide smile and sparkly eyes.
"Why do we have to lose people? Why couldn't Ike stay with me?"Mother smiles. She closes her eyes and raises her head to the sun."We only get to have pets in our lives for a little while, she says. They don't live as long as we do. So we have to enjoy them every day."
"I'm so glad you came home, Oliver. It's you and me now."