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July 02, 2019
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After his best friend Sarah leaves for her first day of school, a tortoise named Truman goes on an adventure across the living room and learns to be brave in this thoughtful and heartwarming twist on a first experience story.

Truman the tortoise lives with his Sarah, high above the taxis and the trash trucks and the number eleven bus, which travels south. He never worries about the world below…until one day, when Sarah straps on a big backpack and does something Truman has never seen before. She boards the bus!

Truman waits for her to return.
He waits.
And waits.
And waits.
And when he can wait no longer, he knows what he must do.

Even if it seems…impossible!

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gorgeous and charming story of adventure and love
(Updated: June 24, 2019)
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TRUMAN is an unbelievably sweet story about a tortoise. Truman the tortoise lives with his best friend and owner Sarah, whom he loves. One day, Sarah gives him some extra green beans and tells him to be brave before he sees her take the number 11 bus going south. Truman noticed her bigger backpack and the extra green beans, and he becomes concerned. He waits a long time before he does something very brave- he decides to take the number 11 bus going south to find Sarah and starts a big journey.

With broad appeal for pet-owners and children who are starting a new school, this gorgeous story will touch your heart. Truman is a brave tortoise that has an amazing journey to find his Sarah. The illustrations are lovely with lots of colors and great details that only add to the broad appeal of this fantastic story.

What I loved: The story and images are absolutely beautiful. Truman is a tortoise full of heart that faces the odds and overcomes them. The book has some really wonderful details in the writing which captures Truman's story perfectly and the illustrations which show the whole street in the city- complete with Truman in the window.

Some illustrations which involve numbers also show them on the illustrations to aid in counting. For instance, when Sarah gives Truman seven green beans, the image has numbers 1-7 above the green beans, which make it easy for little ones to count. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy counting along with Truman on these images- absolutely perfect for this age group.

Final verdict: Adorable, insightful, and lovely, TRUMAN will appeal to young readers and adults alike. This story is full of charm, bravery, and a bold adventure, perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and young elementary schoolers. Truman and his Sarah will capture the heart and imagination in this first day of school story from a pet's point of view.
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