Tori Comes Out of Her Shell: When You Are Lonely

Jayne V. Clark
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Tori Comes Out of Her Shell: When You Are Lonely
Tori Comes Out of Her Shell: When You Are Lonely Picture Books
Tori Comes Out of Her Shell: When You Are Lonely Picture Books
Tori Comes Out of Her Shell: When You Are Lonely Picture Books
Tori Comes Out of Her Shell: When You Are Lonely Picture Books
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Tori the turtle feels all alone. She has just moved to a new pond and a new school with her family and it seems like everyone has a friend except her. Her teacher notices she feels alone and helps her remember Jesus is always her friend and then along the way she makes some new friends.

The last page contains information for parents on how God, in his Word, helps us turn to Jesus when we are lonely. Together children and parents will be guided into meaningful conversations about living by faith in the details of everyday life.

Also included is a tear-out page of “Back Pocket Bible Verses” that will give children a practical way to remember God’s words when they feel all alone.

A new series of hardback, illustrated children’s books for three-to eight-year-olds—each centered on an animal family—bring gospel help and biblical counsel to families. The animal characters, colorful illustrations, and the real-life issues each animal family face will captivate children. The first three books address anxiety, anger, and failure, bringing biblical help and hope to issues every child faces.


Jayne V. Clark, MAR, is the Chief of Staff at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). She is also a counselor with thirty years of experience, a frequent retreat and conference speaker, and the author of the minibooks Single and Lonely: Finding the Intimacy You Desire and Healing Broken Relationships: What to Do When You’ve Been Hurt and many counseling articles.


Joe Hox was raised on a farm in southern Iowa where he doodled whenever he wasn’t spading thistles or feeding pigs. Everyone knew by his crooked hay rows that he would choose art over farming. Joe earned his BA in Art and Education from Dordt College and his MA from the University of Nebraska. Today he lives with his wife and four children in Pella, Iowa, where he illustrates and teaches art. Joe has illustrated all of the Good News for Little Hearts series.

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"These books are a uniquely different genre from classic children's bedtime reading. They are counseling books to help children. They provide a creative avenue for children to consider how their faith is intimately relevant to their struggles. This is what makes this series of books so significant."
David Powlison, (1949–2019) was Executive Director of CCEF and editor of the Good News for Little Hearts series

"When our children were little, we read to them constantly—and had these books been available, they would have been among the favorites. With the simplicity and engaging charm of the Peter Rabbit stories, yet with the quiet grace of Christian insight, these stories stamp themselves on young minds. Text and pictures support each other tellingly. These books are destined to become favorites for young families." 
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical School, Deerfield, IL; cofounder of The Gospel Coalition

"I love these books. My daughter Kim who struggles with a disability loves these books. She giggles all the way through them—catching all the subtle humor. I read them to my grandkids. We especially love the drawings. I buy copies for all my grandchildren. What more can I say? They are fun!"
Paul E. Miller, Director of seeJesus; author of A Praying Life and J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life

"So many Christian parents are looking for engaging, age-appropriate ways to help their young children learn what the Bible teaches about everyday struggles and challenging situations. This new book series edited by David Powlison and Ed Welch fits the bill! In the Good News for Little Hearts series, kids will be enthralled by relatable characters, charming illustrations, and gospel-centered lessons. These volumes would make a valuable addition to any family’s library." 
Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

“For years I wished there were resources that would help equip children to face the many trials and temptations that come in this life rather than waiting till they are neck-deep in the mire before throwing them the lifeline of biblical truth. The Good News for Little Hearts series is an answer to my longing. These books communicate life-changing biblical truths through beautiful illustrations and stories that connect with young hearts in meaningful ways.”
Curtis Solomon, Executive Director, Biblical Counseling Coalition

“Wow, what a series! Within these books you meet wonderfully relatable characters with feelings and experiences readily identifiable to children of all ages, clever and creative illustrations, excellent questions that will spark meaningful conversations with your child or grandchild, and simple scriptural connections that are easily understood. Can’t wait to recommend them to our kids and read them to our grandkids!”
Dave Harvey, President of Great Commission Collective; founder of; author of When Sinners Say I Do and I Still Do: Growing Closer and Stronger Through Life’s Defining Moment

“Kids struggle with loneliness, just like adults. Tori Comes Out of Her Shell teaches us how God cares for us. The cure for our loneliness starts with a new relationship with God through his Son, Jesus. That’s a message every kid (and parent) needs to hear!”
Deepak Reju, Author of On Guard and Preparing for Fatherhood

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16 Reviews

  • 5
    Loved it!

    Posted by Brooke on 11 20 2019

    Tori comes out of her shell was so cute! I loved the idea that even when you feel alone, God is there for you! I think these books do a great job of depicting a real struggle for children and how to work through them. I would definitely suggest them!

  • 5
    Tori Comes out of Her Shell

    Posted by Leticia Glidewell on 11 16 2019

    It's wonderfully written to help children to cope with shyness, and insecurity. I loved this story, it really touches the heart and moves parents and children to embrace the Lord as a friend who is there no matter what. So, when a child feels alone, or shy, they can always reach back into their minds and hearts and remember, that with Jesus, they are never alone.

  • 4
    A Friend Who Is Always There

    Posted by Suzie Waltner on 11 15 2019

    If your child is shy or has experienced a change in school or home, Tori can offer some encouragement for them to reach out to new acquaintances who may become new friends. The even better reminder in this little story is the promise that even when we feel alone, Jesus is there. He is a friend who will go wherever we go and will never leave when change happens. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  • 5
    About little ones who are lonely

    Posted by Wendy on 11 15 2019

    Little turtle Tori’s family has moved and so Tori is starting a new school. Toni is shy and struggling, she doesn’t want to stick out, and so puts her head into her shell and stays out of the way. A lovely teacher tries to coax her out, sharing her own story of embarrassment when she was a young skunk at school and she got a fright and sprayed everywhere, she encouraged Tori to see that Jesus is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. When they go to their new church on the weekend, the preacher says the same thing, that Jesus is with us always. Tori begins to believe it and ends up befriending little Gertie Gecko, who also admits to being lonely. When she shares what she has learnt about Jesus, Gertie seems interested and so Tori invites her to church. It’s lovely to see the modelling of sharing Christ with friends in this book. A great feature of these books is the strong parental figures. They guide their children in the truth, acknowledge their own faults and listen well. They bring their children back to God’s word as they guide and instruct, and are corrected by it themselves. Aimed at children aged 5-10, the story creation is attributed to Jocelyn Flenders, with Jayne V. Clark T. Welch named as editor. Joe Hox had created engaging illustrations bringing the various animals to life. Each book contains extra notes and biblical guidance for parents and there are tear out bible verses for kids to keep in their pocket to remember God’s truths.

  • 5
    Dealing with Loneliness

    Posted by SJ on 11 14 2019

    This book deals with a turtle who struggles to make friends — a common occurrence for most of us at some point in our lives. Again, the topic is dealt with in a way that is fairly in-depth. Although these are picture books, they are not really for preschoolers. I feel they’re most appropriate for kids who are at least kindergarten age, and throughout elementary school.

  • 5
    Great for shy children

    Posted by Kristin Bush on 11 08 2019

    I so wish we had this book last year when we moved from Texas to North Dakota and our children were experiencing what Tori feels in this book. Tori's family moves to a larger log home and with that comes a new school, new friends and a new church. She also lands in Henry's class with Miss Minnick. She struggles with fitting in as well as being afraid of falling and being laughed at. Then comes Miss Minnick who helps Tori see Jesus as that invisible friend who's always with her. Then at church the message repeats. And at school the following week Tori meets Gertie Gecko who wants to have a shell like Tori so she wouldn't be exposed when she feels lonely. Tori is then able to pass along the message Miss Minnick gave her . Tori also invites Gertie to church. This message: tugs at the heart strings! Having a friend who just picks you up and holds you close is every child's wish even if they never say it and especially so for shy children. OK, two books in and I'm starting to think this is just a must-have series. Highly recommend for those with shy children. Also, the pocket bible verses in the back (perforated so you have take them out) is AMAZING! {I received this book from the publisher, New Growth Press, in exchange for my honest review.}

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