Book Review – The Dream of the Tortoise By Nyako Nakar

picture of front cover of the book depicting a tortoise viewed from above

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

This is the story of a tortoise with very big dreams

The dream of the tortoise is a bit different from many children’s books I have read as it carries what feels like a deeper underlying meaning to the story. However this is neither overbearing nor do you need to really get it in order to enjoy the story. For the younger readers it is a quaint story about a tortoise following its dream to swim in the sea, and for the older ones it is a story about overcoming obstacles to achieve the things your heart desires.
Overall I thought it was a lovely story with wonderful illustrations that I will enjoy with my children time and time again 🙂

Information about the Book
Title: The Dream of the Tortoise
Author: Nyako Nakar
Release Date: 30 th April 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 36
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

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Author Information

picture of the author, male looking upwards wearing a striped top

When I was a child, I had many problems in school. I had a hard time concentrating and committing things to memory and was hyperactive – characteristics that would be recognised today as typical of someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I sat as far back as possible in the class and while the teacher talked and talked about things that I didn’t understand, I drew – though from a distance the teacher may have thought I was making notes on what he was saying. Quite often the teacher noticed and punished me or expelled me from class. I had a lot of imagination and that helped me to create many different stories. Later, after studying graphic design and working in advertising, I changed course and decided to dedicate myself to theatre and dance. I studied at the Theatre Institute of Barcelona and soon after I joined The Lindsay Kemp Company, where I worked for many years and in parallel created my own theatre company. In the 1990’s I left the theatre and immersed myself once again in graphic design, starting to work on 3D computer design programmes. I am also very interested in the world of meditation and healing and I travelled all over the world, getting to know other cultures and investigating Shamanism, especially in India and Mexico. I conducted many workshops in Spain on how to use silence to encourage creativity. Today I continue to love the world of drawing and children’s stories and I have many drawings and writings to edit in the future. Since 2017 I have lived in London and found the peace and tranquillity to work and to make my dreams come true.


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