Houston, Texas Author Publishes New Children's Book

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A turtle learns to love himself just the way he is in this delightful book for children.

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The Tale of a Turtle Who Learned a Good Lesson by William K. Zimmer has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Tobias, a box turtle who is always complaining about carrying his heavy shell while admiring the agility of lizards, befriends Lumpy, a toad. Lumpy tries to convince Tobias that being a lizard would not be as wonderful as he imagines, but Tobias is unconvinced. Even when his shell saves Lumpy from a snake, Tobias continues to complain. A crafty vulture takes advantage of the turtle’s discontent and convinces Tobias that if he meets the “change monster,” he will be freed from his shell. Lumpy comes to the rescue just in time to push his friend out of the way of an eighteen-wheeler, foiling the vulture’s plan. Lumpy and Tobias return home after Tobias experiences a bad dream involving the snake. Tobias learns to like himself and is grateful for both his friend Lumpy and his shell.

William K. Zimmer is an immigration judge living in Houston, Texas. He has four children, to whom this book is dedicated. A bassist in the Texas Medical Center Orchestra, William K. Zimmer is especially interested in classical music. He also enjoys bicycling and history. His concern that individuals learn to know and accept themselves inspired him to write this story, and he hopes it provides an opportunity for parents and children to think about and discuss this important personal challenge.

The Tale of a Turtle Who Learned a Good Lesson is a 32- page hardcover at the retail price of $17.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4349-0449-2. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc., of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at http://www.dorrancepressroom.com or our online bookstore at http://www.dorrancebookstore.com.

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