Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle
A book that teaches young children what it means to have ADHD and helps them feel comfortable with doctor visits and medication.
Reviewed on April 4, 2017
by Deborah Moss, Illustrated by Carol Schwartz
Woodbine House, $14.95
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Since 1989, Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle has taught young children what it means to have attention-deficit disorder and helped them feel comfortable with doctor visits and medication.
The second edition of this ADHD classic features new illustrations-Shelley zooms across the cover on a skateboard rather than plays a flute — and a more realistic presentation of the diagnostic process. Instead of showing Shelley hooked up to an EEG machine for diagnosis, he’s shown playing with toys and answering his doctor’s questions.
Hyperactivity is no longer the book’s only focus. “The storyline now deals with inattention and impulsivity, as well,” says Larry B. Silver, M.D., a psychiatrist who’s been working with ADHD children for nearly 40 years. “The rest of the book’s wonderful message is the same: With the right diagnosis and interventions, your child, as well as Shelley, will have a happy ending.”