Young Nikolai greatly desires to be a good person. Believing the keys to doing so are found in knowing the answers to three questions, he goes on a mission to find answers. His questions are simple, yet profound: When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? His friends seek to answer his questions, but their responses don't seem quite right to Nikolai. Hiking up the mountain to talk with Leo, an elderly turtle, he finds the answers he seeks, just not in the way he expected. Based on the short story, Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy. A beautiful story about compassion and being attuned to the needs of others. Beautifully illustrated. Recommended in Lightning Literature grade 2. 32 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne
In a gorgeous retelling of Tolstoy's profound fable, your child will reflect and discover who and what is important to him. Expressive watercolor illustrations paint the tale of a young boy who seeks counsel from a wise turtle who lives in the mountains. But it's the boy's response to a stranger's cry for help that encourages young readers to seek the answers to the wonders within themselves.