Children’s Book Review: ‘The Dream of the Tortoise’, by Nyako Nakar

Release Date: 30th April 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 36
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
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This is the story of a tortoise with very big dreams.

My Review

Tortoise has a dream – she wants to swim in the sea. With the help of her friend, Firefly, she makes her way to the sea but realises she can’t swim. Turtle lead her to an ancient Tortoise, who teaches her how to fulfil her dream.

The story is good and feels like folklore or a ‘just-so’ story. I liked the characterisation of Tortoise, developed in simple but effective terms. I loved the illustrations, reproductions of paintings created for the story. I think this book would be good for a young child to read for themself, and the pictures would stimulate imagination so they could make up stories for themselves.

Also, happy birthday to my dad 🍰🎉

About the author

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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