I found this sweet children's book, "Plodding Turtle's Story" by Amy Prentice, at a church rummage sale a while back. The cover is especially charming, with the inset illustration of plodding turtle bordered by flowering trees with birds perched in them. The book was published in 1903.
I have always loved turtles. Even though they are slow moving, they are elusive, and I am always happy to see one in a pond, on a river bank, or crossing the road. (Actually, I'm not that excited to see them cross the road, because I fear they will be hit). When my husband and I decided to try to get pregnant for the first time, I remember coming across a female turtle laying her eggs in some sand along the Mink Brook in Hanover, N.H. (where we were living at the time). I stood there and watched, thinking it was a wonderful sign of good luck and fertility. Sure enough, I found myself pregnant not long after.
My son and daughter have been attending a summer ceramics camp for the past two years. It is a special place, with a kind and talented teacher who leads the children through the process of making beautiful clay pieces. Knowing my love of turtles, Miriam made this lovely, green one for me. It is large, about ten inches long. My favorite part is that she made a little clay heart, then sealed it inside the body. When I shake the turtle, I can hear the heart rattle about.