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Take Your Time

Take Your Time

A Tale of Harriet, the Galapagos Tortoise

Eva Furrow and Donna Jo Napoli; illustrated by Laurel Molk

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Harriet the tortoise likes to do things slowly. She explores her home on the Galápagos Islands—slowly. She eats—slowly. And when the sun goes down, she slumbers deeply all night long.

When Harriet’s friends tell her to pick up the pace, Harriet decides to journey to a neighboring island to see what there is to see. She parades with penguins and rides with dolphins, encountering adventure at every turn. But is life in the fast lane right for a tortoise who loves to take her time?

Praise for Take Your Time

"Harriet, a slow-moving resident of one of the Galápagos Islands, endures the scolding of her neighbors, swims to another island “to see the penguin parade,” appreciates the variety of animals over, on, in, and under the ground and water, tries out speed by riding on a dolphin’s back, and returns with a new sense of self-respect. This sweet lesson is made even more palatable with engaging illustrations of cheerful Galápagos flora and fauna, including flamingos, iguanas, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, dolphins, humpback whales, hammerhead sharks, spotted rays, Sally Lightfoot crabs, even centipedes and snakes." - Kirkus Reviews -

Reviews from Goodreads

Eva Furrow and Donna Jo Napoli; illustrated by Laurel Molk

Eva Furrow and Donna Jo Napoli are a daughter-mother writing team. Their first book together was Bobby the Bold, illustrated by Ard Hoyt.

Eva teaches veterinary medicine at the University of Minnesota and lives in St. Paul with her family.

Donna Jo is the award-winning author of many books for children, including the acclaimed novel The Wager. She currently teaches linguistics at Swarthmore College and lives in Pennsylvania. Both Eva and Donna Jo have a love for animals—fast or slow!

Laurel Molk has illustrated many books for children, including her own Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo, and FLO! She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and now lives near Boston with her family, a large black dog, and a yard full of ducks, wood frogs, spring peepers, and salamanders.

Eva Furrow

image of Donna Jo Napolio
Barry Furrow

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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