Ode To The Box Tortoise is a richly illustrated picturebook which can be enjoyed by both children and adults. It is a picturebook devoted to one species from the oldest living walking creatures on planet earth, the Eastern Box Tortoise. While there are scientific books written on Box Tortoises here is the first artist book of its kind ever created for this beautiful species and probably for any reptile! Tortoises have long symbolized strength, patience, luck and of course, long life. The Eastern Box Tortoise is one of the most common North American species yet one of the least praised. Ode To The Box Tortoise is an artist's book of poetry and art devoted to this favorite of American species. From its hibernation to its emergence in Spring, from its journey in a dream back to dinosaurs, Ode To The Box Tortoise takes you deep into the heart of this most colorful of tortoise species.