The Turtle and the Deep Blue Sky is a delightful children's picture book about a turtle and other animals who are dissatisfied with their natural bodies and try to swap parts with one another. The turtle longs to fly with the flamingo's wings; the flamingo wants to protect herself with some porcupine quills; the porcupine wants to experience the luxurious wool of the sheep; and so on. But using another animal's parts can have a down side, too! Minimalist critter-mix-and-match illustrations add just the right touch to this charming story of the ups and downs of personal fantasies made real.
...when a turtle who is feeling rather bored and uncomfortably hot in his bulky shell longs to "feel the cool breeze that was moving the clouds above." He borrows wings from a flamingo who begins to feel vulnerable without her wings and borrows quills from a porcupine. So begins a series of trades between animals who enjoy their new features until they see their old features on other animals and develop an appreciation for what they were born with.