Wait for the Turtle by Briana Johnson, Christian Author
“A unique way to teach our children Christian values through this adorable animal children’s book!”
Princess Charity Ann Spaniel of Paw Print Paradise is excited! Her father has picked out a special prince just for her. Now all she has to do is wait for him to arrive at the castle…
But, as Charity soon discovers, waiting is hard! Will she settle for the first handsome prince who comes along? Or will she trust her father’s wisdom and wait?
Join Charity on her adventures as she gets into humorous scrapes and learns the importance of character along the way. Discussion questions and a King James Bible verse at the end of each chapter help readers of all ages reflect on the character traits explored in each chapter.
Targeted Age Group:: Wait for the Turtle was written for ages 5-10, but older children, teenagers, and even adults will also enjoy the message behind the story.
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 1 – G Rated Clean Read
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As an avid book-reader, I often find myself gravitating to the children’s book section in our local library/bookstore. While browsing through the books, I noticed there weren’t many with clear, character-building lessons behind them.
The question came to mind…”What would I want my children to read one day?”
That’s when I decided I wanted my writing to be fun for children and teach important life lessons and character qualities. The discussion questions included at the end of each chapter help enforce these lessons and provide an opportunity for parents to further expand upon them.
One of my favorite things about this book; all the canine characters are inspired by real dogs, which our doggies have been a special part of my life and family over the years.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Since I love dogs so much and treat them as part of our family, I decided to incorporate them and other animal characters into making the book fun and interesting for children. Most kids I know sure love all kinds of animal characters in the books they read.
Excerpt From: Wait for the Turtle
“Charity! Wait up!”
I slid to a stop and turned to see my best friend running to catch up, her long ears flying behind her. “Hurry up, Sadie! He’s getting away!”
‘He’ was Mr. Ribbit-Hopper, a bright green frog who lived in the pond behind the castle. Sadie and I enjoyed chasing him anytime he wandered from his lily pad home. So far, he always managed to out hop us…but we weren’t giving up.
“Where’d he go?” Sadie asked, panting as she skidded to a stop beside me.
I pointed to the bushes in front of us. “I saw him go in there.”
“Shhh!” Sadie said. “Maybe we can sneak up on him.”
I crouched low to the ground and began to crawl underneath the bushes with Sadie right behind me, both of us trying to be as silent as possible. I’m not sure we succeeded, though. The prickly edges of the branches kept getting caught in my fur and made a rustling sound when I pushed them away. I was glad when we crawled out on the other side of the bushes.
“There he is,” I said to Sadie in a whisper. “Where? I don’t see him.”
“Right there.” I pointed to a big rock where Mr. Ribbit-Hopper sat with his back to us.
“Oh,” Sadie said. “I see him now. Do you think he knows we’re here?”
I shrugged my shoulders. “I don’t know, but I hope not.”
“Well, what are we waiting for?” Sadie asked. “Let’s go catch us a frog.”
Carefully, we snuck closer and closer to the rock. I smirked. Mr. Ribbit-Hopper didn’t seem to know we were there. When we were close enough, I held up a paw and counted to three in a whisper.
As soon as I said go, we pounced.
However, in our excitement of possibly catching Mr. Ribbit-Hopper, neither of us noticed how close the rock was to the pond. I was slightly in front of Sadie, so this was a fact I realized first.
“Wait, Sadie! Stop!”
But it was too late.
Being a basset hound, Sadie was much longer and heavier than I was, and the rock was much too small to hold both of us. As her front paws landed on the rock, one of her long ears ended up underneath those paws throwing her off balance and causing her to bump into me. Both of us went tumbling into the pond with a loud SPLASH!
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