Otter's Coat: The Real Reason Turtle Raced Rabbit by Cordellya Smith Illustrated by Blueberry Illustrations #Review


Otter's Coat: The Real Reason Turtle raced Rabbit by Cordellya Smith was published on December 31st. This picture book is aimed at children aged 5- 7.

When Rabbit hears the animals talking about what a beautiful coat Otter has, he becomes jealous. After he tricks Otter out of the coat, Turtle races to make sure it is returned to the true owner in this cross between the Cherokee and Appalachian (Cherolachian) retelling of the Tortoise and the Hare.

This enchanting twist on the classic Aesop's fable is beautifully illustrated and one that both children and adults will enjoy - over and over again. Young readers also love discovering where chipmunk is hiding in the illustrations as they turn from one page to the next.

This lovely picture book has a charming interactive feature which will appeal to younger readers. They are encouraged to find the hidden chipmunks within the illustrations which will give lots of opportunities for discussion and sharing. The story itself has some lovely characters and young readers will enjoy the race between Rabbit and Turtle and wonder whether Rabbit is going to get his way. Jealousy, envy and showing off are all traits which children will recognise in the story 

    The story is entertaining as are the colourful illustrations and bold, clear text. There are plenty of story hooks to lead you through the story and an explanation at the end as to what has actually happened. The five chapters will also give natural pauses in the story for discussions.

 About the Author

Originally from the mountains of Kentucky, Cordellya Smith is a storyteller who loves to share stories that provide children with versions of beloved tales that reflect her Cherokee and Appalachian roots.  A first generation college graduate, Cordellya works to promote literacy and a lifetime love of reading.  

You can follow Cordellya here: Facebook  |  Website 

Book link: Amazon US

Thanks to Cordellya Smith Blueberry Illustrations and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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