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Life in the Slow Lane

A Desert Tortoise Tale

Is life in the “slow lane” really better? Tortoises think so! Shelly the Tortoise and her Grandpa spend the day learning about their cousins (crocodiles), eating their favorite foods (prickly cactus and flowers) and losing races with jackrabbits. Life in the slow lane seems perfect – except for those homes and highways moving into the tortoises’ habitat. How can people and tortoises really live together? Shelly and her Grandpa know the answer – do you? In delightful rhymed verse, Conrad J. Storad tells the story of the tortoise and explains how it has adapted to survive in the desert. Useful information about these amazing creatures appears at the end of the book. Nathan Jensen’s illustrations of tortoises taking it easy – and one Type A rabbit who learns to slow down – add to the charm of this informative book for children. Ages 4-8

About the Author

Conrad J. Storad

Conrad J. Storad is the award-winning author or editor of more than 50 science and nature books for children and young adults. His newest titles include the picture books Gator, Gator, Second Grader, Monster in the Rocks, Fang and Stinger (An Arachnid Story), Arizona Way Out West & Wacky. Storad worked at Arizona State University for more than 24 years writing about science and scholarship. He was founding editor for the nationally award winning ASU Research Magazine, and Chain Reaction, an award-winning magazine for young readers. Prior to ASU, Storad worked as a reporter, editor, and general manager for The Barberton Herald newspaper in northeast Ohio. He was a science/medical writer for the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Storad earned a degree in mass media communication from the University of Akron in 1979, and a master's degree in mass communication/science journalism from ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication in 1983. He was a Year 2000 inductee to the Cronkite School's Journalism Hall of Fame. Storad is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, International Reading Association, Libraries Limited, and is an emeritus member of the University Research Magazine Association.