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Friday, February 14, 2014

A Taste of Friday with Janis Cox and Tadeo Turtle

Tadeo Turtle
by Janix Cox

Tadeo Turtle longs to be different. Through an exciting adventure he learns to accept how God has created him.
ISBN: 978-1-77069-695-2
Published: October 2012

Psalm 139:13-14
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it.”
(New Living Translation)


TADEO loved to laugh and play…

…until he met SAM SQUIRREL one day.

SAMMY loved to climb the trees,
cross the lawns and jump in leaves.

TADEO couldn’t run like that
because a shell was on his back.

His carapace* helped him hide
when he stuck his head inside.

·         Carapace – A hard outer covering or shell

One day TADEO had a dream.

To read the rest of the story please visit Janis’ website, He Cares for Us.


This book was an inspiration from our Lord. During one of my daily devotionals the first draft of this story flowed. After edits and re-edits, drawing the pictures and finding a publisher – Tadeo was ready to roll. The name Tadeo has a story behind it.

When I first created Tadeo Turtle his name was Leroy. Then I tried Tommy as I liked the alliteration. However, on my husband’s prompting I searched the Net for possible problems with this name – a conflict occurred. After praying and searching again I checked baby names and found Tadeo – short form of Thaddeus, a disciple of Jesus. It means “praise”. And I did – praise the Lord.

Janis Cox is a faithful follower of Jesus. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, a sister and friend. Married to a wonderful husband they have three grown children who are married; they have six grandchildren and a new one on the way.

She is a writer, watercolour artist and person who always is involved in doing something. She has her fingers in many pies – but all of them are delicious. A friend once told her that she saw a vision of her – with a whole bunch of coloured balloons and she tried to capture each one of them.

As a former public school teacher she loved to write poems for her kids. With this background she has now published her first illustrated children’s book, Tadeo Turtle.

A blogger since 2008, Janis runs a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is a member of The Word Guild, Inscribe WritersJohn 316 Network and American Christian Writers. Her website is

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