Don M. Winn’s ‘The Tortoise and the Hairpiece’ lets kids know that it’s okay to be different
Don M. Winn’s delightful book for children, The Tortoise and the Hairpiece, is an important lesson on being exactly who you are. Written for, and dedicated to, any child who has ever felt “different”, The Tortoise and the Hairpiece imparts an important message to kids that will also help spark discussion between adults and children.
Jake, a young tortoise, feels shy and lonely. He doesn’t have hair, like all of the other animals do, and he is too afraid they will laugh at his bald head to go and play with them when they ask him. While he is hiding by the pond one day, a buzzard flies down to see why Jake is so sad. When Jake explains his troubles, the buzzard, trying to be helpful, creates Jake a hairpiece from found feathers.
Thinking he’ll fit right in, Jake proudly wears the hairpiece out to play, but much to his surprise, everyone laughs at him, and so he begins to cry. A wise old owl finds him, and explains to him that it’s the hairpiece that is making them laugh, not Jake himself, and tells him that “How you look doesn’t change who you are”. Realizing the owl is right, Jake goes to join his peers, and ends up making friends who appreciate him for exactly who he is.
The Tortoise and the Hairpiece is an excellent book for adults to read with kids, letting them know that being unique is special, and that true friends care about the person you are inside instead of only seeing how you look on the outside. Winn also provides a series of questions at the end of the book for parents and teachers to ask kids, initiating conversations that will enlighten both adults and children.
Winn’s fun and engaging poem-style of storytelling is certain to appeal to young minds, and the lessons imparted in his books are easily understood and relatable for both kids and parents. Part of his Cardboard Box Adventures picture book collection, The Tortoise and the Hairpiece is both educational and entertaining for children.
Don Winn is the creator of Cardboard Box Adventures, an interactive picture book collection that imparts important lessons to children while also sparking discussions with their teachers and parents. Don came up with the idea for Cardboard Box Adventures when he remembered how much fun it was to read and talk about books with his grandmother when he was a child. His other books include The Higgeldy-Piggeldy Pigeon, Twitch the Squirrel, and Shelby the Cat. He lives in Austin, Texas.
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