The Tale of a Very Little Tortoise

It is truly Dorothy Whipple/Shirley Jackson month around here. I’m reaching the end of the available Whipple books I can find, so ordered up this children’s book which contains a delightful story about a tiny turtle rescued by a kind Person after running away from a family that didn’t take care of it well. Little, as it’s called, injures its toes when trying to dig into the ground for winter to hibernate, but Person comes to the rescue and provides a box of hay for sleep. When spring comes around, Big Tortoise also shows up, and Little attempts to make friends. Big gets Little to try eating a strawberry and even though it’s delicious, Little insists that Big finish it off. Big wanders outside of the garden for a few days and Little goes to rescue it; later they’re both rescued when a neighbor discovers them.