Maya and the Turtle is an authentic Korean fairytale just out from Tuttle Publishing. Maya is a supremely courageous and loyal girl who is prepared to sacrifice her life to save that of her father. She finds a turtle on a wishing rock and takes it home to care for. She has no way of knowing that the turtle is magic and will control her destiny.
The picture book is dedicated to Soma’s mother who heard the story at her mother’s knee years ago during the reign of King Kojong and passed it along to author and illustrator Soma Han when she was a little girl in rural Korea. Soma has a degree in Fine Art from the California College of the Arts and co-author John Stickler was a CBS News correspondent in Seoul for nine years. Previously they collaborated on a non-fiction picture book, Land of Morning Calm: Korean Culture Then and Now, published by Shen’s Books, www.shens.com
Early reviews are positive:
". . . a lovely sentiment . . ." School Library Journal
“. . . worthwhile . . .” Skipping Stones Magazine
“ . . . a lovely tale indeed . . .” Smithsonian’s BookDragon blog
Now in bookstores nationwide, it is destined to become a children’s classic.