This is an interesting story about a missing baby tortoise.
Set in a Sri Lankan background, a little boy, Saman, begins to feed his pet baby tortoise happily and learns counting the days of the week. But that joy abruptly stops one day when the baby tortoise goes missing. Saman, searching for the little baby tortoise with the help of his loving mum and friend, found it hiding in between its parents. It is the most loving, most caring and safest place on this whole earth for a baby tortoise to snuggle!
The book, mostly suitable for children between 3-6 years, is a good bedtime read for the diverse communities in New Zealand to get to know little of the small island nation, Sri Lanka. Highlights are loving care for animals, helping friends when in need, mum’s love for her son and family bond. Children will get to know little of Sri Lanka, i.e. a common shade tree, a common flower that bloom in ponds and a common plant that tortoises like to eat. Childrens names in the story are Sri Lankan too. Children will get to know how the little boy, Saman (protagonist) organises food for the baby tortoise, for the seven days of the week with the help of his mum. The book also gives the way of counting for little ones along with Saman and clapping hands for achievement and happiness.
Writing stories to kids of 3-6 years old needs special skills that Diyamanthi has acquired by reading the work of Enid Blyton, Sybil Wettasinghe and JK Rowling. Also, she writes regularly to the Kids Corner in Sri LankaNZ. Atthamma’s stories 1 and 2 were published in the last two issues. The Little Tortoise is approved by the Brisbane City Council Library and is in their catalogue.
By Diyamanthi Galpoththage