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Mr. Hoppy is in love with Mrs. Silver, but her heart belongs to Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr. Hoppy is too shy to approach Mrs. Silver, until one day he comes up with a brilliant idea to win her heart. If Mr. Hoppy's plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. But it's going to take one hundred and forty tortoises, an ancient spell, and a little bit of magMr. Hoppy is in love with Mrs. Silver, but her heart belongs to Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr. Hoppy is too shy to approach Mrs. Silver, until one day he comes up with a brilliant idea to win her heart. If Mr. Hoppy's plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. But it's going to take one hundred and forty tortoises, an ancient spell, and a little bit of magic....

Title : Esio Trot
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ISBN : 9780224064927
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Number of Pages : 80 Pages
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Esio Trot Reviews

  • Patrick
    2018-11-18 11:44

    Fuck this book. Don't read it to your kids. That's the short version.If you want the longer version, settle in. We're going to have a bumpy ride.Also. There's spoilers here. And cussing. And some indignation. Be warned.I've always thought of myself as a bit of Roald Dahl fan. I read BFG growing up and loved it. I watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and loved it.But recently, my love dimmed a bit when I read James and the Giant Peach, a book that was a serious boatload of meh. A nickel's worth of story in a dollar-long book.And don't you DARE say, "Oh it's just a children's book." Or "Kids don't know any better." Or "You can't hold YA fiction to the standards of…"Stop. Just stop. That's such bullshit that it's an insult to the word 'bullshit.' Kid's books should be just as good as any other books. No. They should be held to a *higher* standard than other literature for the same reason that we take extra care with children's food.The fact is, what you feed your kids is important, and that includes what they put in their heads as well as what they put in their bellies.So let's talk about this book: Esio Trot.In this story, you have Mr. Hopper. He loves two things, the flowers he grew on his balcony, and his downstairs neighbor. Mrs. Silver.He's terribly lonely and he's terribly shy.His downstairs neighbor, Mrs. Silver, has a pet tortoise that she adores. The tortoise is named Alfie, he lives on Mrs. Silver's balcony, and Mr. Hoppy is terribly jealous of him.One day, Mrs. Silver laments to Mr. Hoppy. (They talk while on their balconies. She with her turtle, him tending his garden.) She's had Alfie for eleven years, and he's still tiny. She wishes he would get bigger. "I'd give *anything* to make that happen," she says.Mr. Hoppy gets all twitterpated hearing this, so he lies to her, telling her he knows a magic spell that will help her tortoise grow. And I quote:"I beg you to tell me, Mr. Hoppy. I'll be your slave for life!"When he heard the words your slave for life a shiver of excitement swept through Mr Hoppy.End quote.So he gives her some bullshit he makes up, telling her it's a spell he learned from a Bedouin. Then he goes out and buys a hundred tortoises. Then he builds a long grabber arm of the sort you would use if you wanted to, say, steal someone's tortoise off the balcony right below yours.At this point I thought to myself, "He's not doing what I'm thinking, is he? Then I flipped a couple pages, and told my son that it was bedtime and we'd finish the book tomorrow.Disappointed, he went to bed. I finished the book.Here's what happens: Mr. Hoppy spends the next two months slowly replacing Mrs. Silver's pet with progressively larger tortoises.Mrs. Silver is amazed by this, of course. And out of gratitude, she marries Mr Hoppy.Then Mr. Hoppy gives away all the tortoises. Including Alfie, Mrs. Silver's pet of 11 years.Do I really need to explain to anyone that this is fucked up?Do I feel bad for Mr. Hoppy? This lonely, shy man? Do I empathize with the fact that he loves someone but can't bring himself to tell her? Hell yes. I've *been* that guy. Sure.But his actions are fucking awful here. And their matter-of-factness makes them doubly awful. Hey there lads" it seems to say, "Love a girl? Here's what you can do! Lie to her, trick her, steal from her, make her obligated to you, then you get to be in a relationship!"And that's not even touching on the subject that Mrs. Silver is shown to be a complete fucking idiot, who recites a magic spell three times a day to make her tortoise grow. Then fails to notices when her beloved pet of 11 years is exchanged for a completely different animal, not just once, but several, several times….Suffice to say the next night when my boy asked to read the rest of the story, I deviated from the original script.This was made a little more difficult by the fact that the book is heavily illustrated. But even so, I was fairly confident I could do better than Dahl's original "trick her into marrying you" storyline.In my version, in addition to buying a bunch of tortoises and building a tortoise-grabber, Mr Hoppy also goes to the grocery store and buys a bunch of vegetables. He then spends the rest of the week inventing recipes for tortoises and testing them on his new pets, figuring out which ones are the most delicious to tortoises.Then, every night, he uses his long-armed tortoise grabber to lift Alfie up to his apartment where he feeds him delicious food. And, as we all know, when you eat more, you get bigger, right?He discovers that what Alfie likes best is some of the flowers Mr. Hoppy grows on his balcony. The flowers Mr. Hoppy loves.So Mr. Hoppy uses these flowers from his garden in his recipes. (I described these to my boy in some detail to pad out the story. I am a fantasy author after all.) Mr. Hoppy feeds Alfie every night, and Alfie grows bigger and bigger and bigger…Finally, Mrs. Silver is overcome with joy and invites Mr Hoppy down to her apartment to show off her lovely tortoise. She thanks Mr. Hoppy for his magic spell, and asks him if he'd like to have tea.Over tea, Mr. Hoppy says, "Mrs. Silver, I have a confession to make.""Yes?" she says."That spell wasn't really magic," he said. "I just made it up.""Really?" Mrs. Silver said."Yes," Mr. Hoppy said. "I've been feeding Alfie special recipes every night so he would grow bigger.""Oh Mr. Hoppy," Mrs. Silver said. "I already knew that. But I'm so glad you told me yourself.""You knew?" he said."You silly man," she said. "The balcony is right outside two huge windows, just like yours is. How could I not see you grabbing him every night?""Ahhh." Mr. Hoppy said, feeling rather embarrassed. He'd thought he was being pretty clever. "You're right of course. I did. You caught me. But I did it because I love you. I knew Alfie was really important to you, and I wanted you to be happy.""I know that too," Mrs. Silver said. "I'm so glad you're finally brave enough to tell me!"Then they get married.I would have preferred for them to go out to coffee and have a date instead, but there was a picture of them getting married in the book, so I had to leave that part in.In my version, they also worked together to publish a book of recipes for tortoises, and used that money to start a tortoise park, where Mr. Hoppy put his 100 now surplus-to-requirements pets.But apparently I was pushing my luck there. When I told him the last part, Oot gave me a look. "Did you make that up?" he asked."Ahh," I said. "You're right of course. I did. You caught me. But I did it because I love you."

  • Lily C
    2018-12-03 07:30

    2nd book complete

  • Miranda Reads
    2018-12-08 07:21

    Three stars for marital implications and pet care.The Fundamental Three Facts1) Mr. Hoppy is in love with his neighbor, Mrs. Silver.2) Mrs. Silver adores her pet tortoise, Alfie, but worries about how small he is. 3) Mr. Hoppy gives Mrs. Silver a "magic" spell. Aka, he kidnaps Alfie, slowly replacing him with larger tortoises (pretending all the while it's the same tortoise).Ex-CUSE me??Sure, it's cute to read about Mr. Hoppy wooing Mrs. Silver but don't forget, Mr. Hoppy deceivesMrs. Silver. And that poor unwitting widow marries the him.This man crammed over a hundred tortoises into one small apartment for this grand scheme. And he only fed them lettuce. Those poor fellas. They need a nutritionally diverse diet and UV light.AND - poor Alfie. Alfie lived with Mrs. Silver for eleven years but as soon as Mr. Hoppy swaps him out, Mrs. Silver couldn't tell the difference. Does friendship mean nothing? Thank goodness Dahl includes a bit at the end where we find out thatAlfie lived a very happy lifewith a little girl who loved him. Phew.

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2018-11-30 04:30

    This is yet another wonderful story from Roald Dahl - this time of middle-aged love thanks to some turtles and some clever swapping by Mr. Hoppy. I am sure that he and Mrs Silver are perfect for each other and happy that Alfie found a new home. This is a story that you can read in about 30 minutes to your child and it is a pure delight for both you and your kid!

  • Matt
    2018-12-14 08:48

    A delightful story by Dahl I have never read, but heard much about over the past few months. Magically penned and thoroughly interesting for readers of all ages. Mr. Hoppy has long had his eye on his neighbour, Mrs. Silver. While it is an innocent admiration, Mr. Hoppy soon learns that Mrs. Silver's only love is directed towards her tortoise, Alfie. This tortoise seems to possess a weight-related issue that Mrs. Silver has said plagues her. Might solving it be the way into her heart? After concocting a plan than involves a magical spell and daily recitations, Mr. Hoppy takes matters into his own hands and has Mrs. Silver follow his direction. Alfie seems to grow on a daily basis and Mrs. Silver is ecstatic at the change. However, Mr. Hoppy must be careful not to tip his hand, or he may lose Mrs. Silver forever. A great story that keeps the young reader wondering until the very last page. Perfect for anyone who needs a short repose and quick entertainment.Dahl has mastered yet another short piece for his young readers. Steering away from the completely silly, the story holds a strong possibility of truth, though one can never know what ideas Dahl uses for his writing. Two central characters pull the readers in from the outset and the story progresses nicely from there, if only to take a few twists that keep things interesting. Basing some of the animal characteristics on pets owned by the Dahl children, the author finds a way to connect his own family to this well-developed piece. One can only hope that there are other stories out there that have just as much humour and excitement, perfect for readers of all ages.Kudos, Mr. Dahl for pulling me out of my 'shell' and taking the time to read this. I have loved most everything you have penned, which seems to be biographical in some way.Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at:

  • sarafem
    2018-11-22 09:46

    At first I thought "Awww...pretty cute story!" And then Reality-Sara bitchslapped mushy All-Books-Are-Super!-Sara because this story breaks all former immorality and suckosity records in the entire world history of written word.Esio Trot tells our young children that we can all build beautiful relationships built upon deceit and lies and obsession. They also learn that men are clever and women are idiots, and that it's quite all right to neglect your interchangeable and therefore worthless pets.It's thankfully a small book, so the torture is short-lived, and don't forget, if there are any children you particularly hate, this will be a great stocking stuffer come Christmas!

  • Emily
    2018-11-15 09:30

    What the hell, Roald Dahl?(view spoiler)[If I had a pet I loved more than anything else in the world, I would FUCKING NOTICE if it was stolen by the creepy asshole upstairs and replaced with a different animal, even if I was as daft as Mrs. Silver. Also, children learn things from their books. Do we really want to teach them that the way to have a healthy relationship is to first lie, then steal something beloved, then GIVE THAT THING AWAY?(hide spoiler)]I can't even.I can't.What the hell.

  • James
    2018-12-07 08:37

    There is such a simple, straightforward and very (grown up) human story at the heart of 'Esio Trot' and it does feel somehow different from many other Dahl books in it's nature. The characters here are the key and are so well written. The humour in 'Esio Trot' is of a very gentle and affectionate kind.This is a short book and a great story told by a master. To call it a 'feel-good' novel would somehow belittle and stereotype this lovely book, but there is definitely something very heart-warming here about people, life and the human spirit.

  • Trish
    2018-11-23 05:35

    I'm really a huge fan of Roald Dahl's so I want to read as many of his stories as I can, while at the same time I'm dreading running out of stories to read. *lol*This shorter story (shorter when compared to my favourites) is a cute little story about loneliness; about elderly people still wanting love and having a life; about ingenuity. Specifically, we have Mr. Hoppy, who lives in an apartment above Mrs. Silver, with whom he is in love. But he's also shy and doesn't know how to approach her - until her pet, the tortoise Alfie, gives him the perfect chance.The problem I had with this was that (view spoiler)[Mr. Hoppy tricked Mrs. Silver and supposedly never told her the truth (hide spoiler)]. It was all innocent and sweet and funny, but it still left me cringing a bit. What I liked, considering the animals and pet shops portrayed in this story, was that the author included a foreword where he explained to the children (or adults) reading his book what pet shops were like then and now and why policy had to change. Moreover, the author showed once again just how many ideas are floating around his head and how much he can do with simple tricks (like the "secret" of the magic language).The book features the signature illustrations by Quentin Blake (mine, luckily, in black-and-white, not coloured like the example above).Oh, did you know that this was made into a movie? Apparently it was, starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
    2018-11-24 11:36

    Published: 6/11/2003Author: Roald DahlRecommended for: pretty much everybody! I think that this is one of the sweetest books that Roald Dahl has done! In this book it features Mr Hoppy who is hopelessly in love with Mrs Silver however there is a problem.....she has her heart filled with love for her tortoise Alfie. In the book Mr Hoppy comes up with a cunning plan to try and win Mrs Siler's heart. It is a fun, lighthearted, sweet book, that in my opinion is great for any aged reader, it is a tireless classic by one of the best childrens author with the excellent illustrations by the talented Quentin Blake. A must read for everybody.

  • Helen Drake
    2018-12-12 05:29

    What a delightful story. Amazing what one will do for love!

  • Amira Mahmoud
    2018-11-26 03:21

    لا أدري كيف لقصة كهذه من المفترض أنها تُقدم للأطفال أن تقدم لهم الكذب في صورة رومانسية هكذا دون أن تلمح ولو مجرد تلميح إلى قبحه أو احتمالية اكتشافه ولو من بعيد، جميل أن نحاول الوصول لمن نحب بأي وسيلة كانت لكن ليس بالطبع الكذب من بينها!

  • Casey
    2018-11-26 05:34

    I read this one as a child and loved it so this summer when I was looking for read aloud books for my then 5 year old this one made my short list. I Loved Roald Dahl books as a child and couldn't wait to start reading them to my son. This one is significantly shorter than the other books I wanted to tackle with him so I thought this would be a good place to start. I figured we would start it and see how far we got before he got too fidgety to pay attention but we ended up reading it in one sitting. He was really into it the entire time I was reading but didn't have much to say, for the most part he just listened. After we finished reading it I asked him what he thought."Mom, I can't believe she married him after he lied to her."I was floored. Not only did that never occur to me when I read it as a kid, but i didn't even pick up on that as an issue as we were reading it aloud this time around. I don't care what anybody says, raising kids is hard, but raising kids that are kind and considerate is infinitely harder. In that single moment I felt like maybe I'm not totally screwing my kid up.

  • Karla
    2018-12-09 05:22

    Some reviews for this book bring up interesting issues (women are dumb, animals are objects), but it just goes to show that people read the same things differently.When I was done with this I felt the bigger point was that Mr. Hoppy went through so much trouble to impress Miss Silver with his magical turtle whispering and then, when he finally declares his love, she asks what kept him so long. I thought that was the message (Keep It Simple, Stupid), not that being a liar and a callous user of turtles was the way to get a chick.Anyway, I liked the final pro-animal author's note from Dahl about the sad and deathly cost of the pet shop turtle trade that had, thankfully, become a thing of the past at the time of his writing.

  • Bunga Mawar
    2018-11-20 03:24

    Kalau kamu suka pada seseorang, baiklah cepat sampaikan kepadanya. Lihat apa yang berikutnya terjadi. Karena belum tentu besok kamu masih suka. Atau kalaupun masih, siapa tahu akan ada orang lain yang duluan menyatakan suka padanya, sehingga mereka hidup bahagia bersama saling menyukai tanpa mengajak2 kamu. Atau sebenarnya dia pun suka padamu tapi tidak berani bilang, dan jadilah kalian hidup merana seumur2 tanpa tahu bahwa kalian saling suka.Demikianlah pesan moral cerita Aruk-aruk ini, tentang kisah cinta terpendam antara Pak Hoppy dan Bu Silver, sepasang manula yang tinggal di sebuah apartemen. Lewat (banyak) kura2, akhirnya cinta tersebut tersampaikan sehingga mereka bahagia. Oh, "mereka" belum tentu para kura2 itu ya... :pKarya Granpa Dahl yang ini sih bukan cerita anak2 ya. Tidak ada anak2 yang terlibat, kecuali seorang anak perempuan yang membeli kura2 di akhir cerita (namanya Roberta, kalau tak salah, tapi dia cuma lewat saja). Tapi cara berceritanya, seperti biasa, gampang dipahami anak2, sehingga mereka mungkin akan memahami pesan moral itu dengan mudah dan mengingatnya sampai mereka lebih besar dan jauh lebih besar lagi kelak.Nambahin moral cerita sedikit lagi: Kalau kamu suka pada seseorang, baiklah cepat sampaikan kepadanya. Lihat apa yang berikutnya terjadi. Jangan beraninya cuma bikin note di facebook tentang seorang tokoh antagonis. Mending kalau bisa jadi novel, lhaaa... ini cuma curhat doang... Kapan jadinya, coba??? :)

  • Holly the Infinite Book Dragon
    2018-11-23 04:24

    When he heard the words your slave for life, a little shiver of excitement swept through Mr. Hoppy.So this is supposed to be a fucking horror novel, right? Right? A thriller where this insanely lonesome man stalks his downstairs neighbor & then KIDNAPS her beloved pet tortoise? Eventually convincing the none too bright female object of his affection to marry him? Then sends Alfie, her tortoise, back to the pet store. Where, thankfully, Alfie lucks out & ends up with a good family. The same cannot be said for Mrs. Silver..I read this for an Instagram readalong of Dahl books, which is going on for the entire month of August. This was one of two books in his entire collection that I do not recall reading. It is a tiny little book, perfect for reading to my wee dragons this afternoon. Boy, was I wrong! My daughter did give it three stars, but her taste is still somewhat questionable ^_^

  • Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
    2018-12-01 10:49

    worst RD book i've ever read.the mister is kinky and mistress shallow and materialistic, and their marriage is built on lies. and let's not even mention the thing going on with them animals. and it's okay to trick/sham your love into a marriage by doing something crappy to something/one beloved of hers.

  • Allison
    2018-11-27 09:22

    I've read Roald Dahl's books probably about 5 times each. They are primarily for kids, but I even picked them up and read them again just this last summer. You should experience him at least once in your lifetime. They all have a twist in the end and are brilliantly original and creative.

  • Joey Woolfardis
    2018-11-18 06:35

    This was such an odd book to come from Dahl-the author of some quite decent children's books-that I really don't know why it even exists. It has some very shaky morals and rather dull writing. The ending is actually quite Dahl-unpredictable and very not-of-the-norm, but it was so abrupt and weird that I just can't even think of anything else to say. In most cases I'd say don't read it-oh please don't let your children read this one-but honestly, I think you need to read this just to understand what I'm talking about.It was just wrong.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  • Amina
    2018-11-27 11:40

    I don't know what to say, really.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-18 06:31

    I read this as a child, and reading it as an adult definitely reveals some other ideas... such as the ridiculousness of Mr Hoppy and how inappropriate what he does is, as well said by Patrick Rothfuss in a review of his. But I enjoyed the writing style, and the mathematical themes good for young readers. This was the shortest book on my “unread” shelf (even though yes, I read it as a child - I’m still counting it as previously unread) and I decided to start the year off promptly after midnight reading it as the first in my project to read all the short books on my shelves this year. ;)

  • Chloe
    2018-12-07 05:35

    The concept of this story is basically 'lie to the person you like to get them to fall for you!' but .... it's Roald Dahl, so it's still adorable. The tortoises add a special touch.

  • Mariah
    2018-11-22 11:51

    My year of Roald Dahl continues.....This is a cute story where Mr. Hoppy is in love with Mrs. Silver, but her heart belongs to Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr. Hoppy tries to win her heart over by helping her tortoise "grow" to the length and height that Mrs. Silver wants. His plan takes one hundred and forty tortoises, an ancient spell, and a little bit of magic.

  • Calista
    2018-11-28 07:32

    A curious love story. Mr. Hoppy and Mrs. Silver live in apartments on top of one another and they see each other around their balcony. Mr. Hoppy is shy and doesn't really talk to her unless it's about her turtle. He even comes up with magic words which the title is part of tortoise spelled backwards that he gives Mrs. Silver to help the turtle grow bigger. The story feels a little deceitful and it's also simply fun and I find myself enjoying the silly antics of Mr. Hoppy. It's a short little read with of Roald Dahl's wit and imagination. I enjoyed this charming story.

  • Harun Harahap
    2018-11-16 11:41

    Ay nupma eda2 eja aynedi dlaor lhad. Amo-apo tineg gnay aynnaukalek kag huaj irad gba habmatid aruk-aruk nad asahab kilab naklisahgnem atirec gnay repus ucul.

  • Tom Kidman
    2018-11-18 05:47

    Wow, what to say about this. Spoilers here, so be warned. This book is unashamedly and completely un-PC, in a way that has really made me step back and think. Not many kids books do that. This is really for the grown up reader that has accidentally chosen it as some quaint bedtime reading for the kids, because we are always looking for the deeper meaning, and in this book it's pretty nasty. A old man tricks his way into wedlock with a ditzy blonde (based on Q.B.'s drawings) by swapping her pet tortoise of 12 years with others that get progressively bigger. It's awful! It really doesn't sit right at all, but that's why I like it. After I finished it I asked my 2 kids (4 and 6) some questions.1) Do you think it is OK to trick a woman into loving you? Both: NO2) Do you think that Mrs Silver would be angry with Mr Hoppy if she found out about the trick? Both: YES3) But did they live happily ever after? I got a nervous yes from the 6 year old, and a no from the 4 year old here. The 6 year old was listening.4) But they lived happily ever after, so is it OK to trick someone if they never find out? mmmm, I don't know, Dad.Yeah, I don't know either kids. Tough one.They got the story. They knew Mr Hoppy was doing the wrong thing. But there's tension in the story, and the image of Mr Hoppy tip-toeing around with the 100 tortoises covering his apartment floor is fantastic. At the climax, my older boy had his face buried in his pillow - because he wanted Mr Hoppy to get caught? Or not? Or was it that the whole thing was just so uncomfortable?This book isn't easy, but we can't just change the ending of books when we think that our kids don't need to, or shouldn't, hear it. Give them a bit of credit and see how they process a story like this. Take a step back and appreciate the way it makes you feel too.

  • Linda
    2018-11-30 11:42

    Wat een moeilijk boek om te reviewen, omdat ik eigenlijk twee meningen heb, namelijk:1. Het is best een schattig boek. Roald Dahl heeft een leuke schrijfstijl, waardoor het heel vlot leest (en het boek is heel kort, haha), de plaatjes van de schildpadden zijn cute, en dat de meneer zo verliefd is, dat hij zoveel moeite doet om haar hart te veroveren is aandoenlijk.2. Ik zou dit boek niet voorlezen aan kinderen, omdat ik de boodschappen in dit verhaal niet juist vind, en er ook geen consequenties zijn.(view spoiler)[ Je kunt liefde winnen door bedrog en je kunt je huisdier zomaar weg doen, vind ik verkeerde moralen(hide spoiler)].Het laatste vind ik belangrijk voor kinderen. Natuurlijk hoeft er niet in elk kinderboek een boodschap te zitten, maar er moet in ieder geval geen verkeerdeboodschap in zitten.

  • Nadine Larter
    2018-12-01 11:27

    I decided to introduce Noah to Roald Dahl this morning and thought he might enjoy Esio Trot. To be quite honest I'm not sure he understood what was going on, but to his credit he was very polite about it and kept assuring me that he liked the story and that I should go on. I think maybe he just likes listening to my voice, which I guess is fine. I wanted to start the morning on a pleasant note, instead of going straight to school work which more often than not just stresses him out. So a book and a cuddle to start the day worked out pretty well. He seemed much happier while trying to do his ABCs this morning.

  • Jasmine Darcy
    2018-12-03 03:27

    the title is "tortoise" spelt backwards.TBH,I don't really remember the year I read this in because it was probably,like most if not all Roald Dahl books,one of my childhood books.

  • Johanna
    2018-12-08 05:48

    I'm working my way through the Dahl books and I loved this little one, just a sweet delightful story."Esio Trot is tortoise backwards" 🤗❤️