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Sam
Too Big To Lose

 

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Did you know that SDBG is the proud owner of a Galapagos tortoise named Sam? Read Sam’s story, “Too Big To Lose,” in a beautifully illustrated book for children of all ages. This charming book, written by Leslie Duval and illustrated by Ruth Todd Evans, is available in the SDBG Garden Shops and on Sam’s facebook page– https://www.facebook.com/TOOBIGTOLOSE. Remember, proceeds will be shared with the SDBG to help care for Sam, who might live another 100 years, so get ready to stock up on the best gift ever!

Sam is not on display in the Garden but is available
for pre arranged visits by persons with special needs. 

 

AUTHOR LESLIE DUVAL WINS MOONBEAM AWARD FOR “TOO BIG TO LOSE”
The True Story of a Young Girl’s Friendship With a Galapagos Tortoise Named Sam

“Too Big To Lose” the true life story of Sam, the San Diego Botanic Garden’s Galapagos Tortoise, has garnered first-time author Leslie Duval with a coveted Moonbeam Children’s Book Award in the Animal/Pets category. This heartwarming book recounts the love, loss and serendipitous reunion of friends – her husband Julian Duval with his beloved Sam the Tortoise – proving that some friendships are just ‘too big to lose.’

“It is truly an honor to win this award and it is meaningful to me that it is in the Animal/Pets category,” says Leslie. “My pets have always been among my closest friends, giving me purpose and teaching me to respect and have compassion for other species. When I first met Sam, looked into his eyes, and became part of his life, my small corner of this great big world became a better place and I hoped to share that feeling with others.”

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Contest began 10 years ago and was founded on the notion that childhood literacy and lifelong reading are vital to help children thrive in a rapidly changing world – or to borrow an election season cliché: “Read Early and Read Often.”

The Moonbeam Awards recognize the year’s best children’s books and are chosen by judging panels of book reviewers, librarians, teachers and students. “Too Big To Lose” earned a bronze medal in the Animal/Pets category.

“This year’s winners were more diverse than ever with inspiring messages that encourage kids to be kind, courageous, and to live healthy lives, “says Awards Director Jim Barnes. See the list of Moonbeam Award winners here: http://www.moonbeamawards.com/74/2016-winners

“Too Big To Lose” is a charming book, written by Leslie Duval, wife of Julian Duval for 25 years. It includes remarkable oil paintings by Ruth Todd Evans, a San Diego-based artist and author/illustrator of “The Panda Who Would Not Eat.” It also includes letters lovingly penned to Sam by Therese Duval, Julian’s sister to whom Sam was given to as a gift on her 7th birthday. The book also includes photos of Sam in his forever home at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

“Taking care of a pet is a big responsibility. This story is about one of the world’s most inappropriate pets, a Galapagos tortoise,” says Julian Duval. “I was young, loved reptiles and was like a kid in a candy store when I bought Sam. We are all very happy that our friendship has come full-circle.”

A portion of the proceeds from “Too Big To Lose” will be donated to the San Diego Botanic Garden in order to care for Sam, who could live another 100 years!  Sam is not currently on display to the public, but is used as a therapy animal to “bring comfort and joy to visitors with special needs.”

For more information on Sam, “Too Big To Lose” or to schedule a private reading/book signing with the author, please contact:  Leslie Duval at [email protected]. You can also visit Sam his Facebook page: Too Big To Lose.

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Too Big To Lose
The True Story of a Young Girl’s Friendship
With a Galapagos Tortoise Named Sam

“Once upon a time… a young man gave his little sister a very, very, very special pet and a magical life adventure began…”

“Too Big To Lose” is the true life story of Sam, the San Diego Botanic Garden’s Galapagos Tortoise. Originally adopted in Chicago by then zookeeper Julian Duval (now President and CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden), Sam was given as a gift to Julian’s sister, Therese Duval, for her 7th birthday. This heartwarming book recounts the love, loss and serendipitous reunion of friends proving that some friendships are just ‘too big to lose.’

“Sam never ceases to amaze me…he really is living a charmed life,” says Author Leslie Duval. “He is so engaging, when he looks into your eyes you are forever changed.”

This charming book, written by Leslie Duval, wife of Julian Duval for 25 years, includes remarkable oil paintings by Ruth Todd Evans, a San Diego-based artist and author/illustrator of The Panda Who Would Not Eat. It also includes letters lovingly penned to Sam by Therese Duval and photos of Sam in his forever home at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

“Taking care of a pet is a big responsibility. This story is about one of the world’s most inappropriate pets, a Galapagos tortoise,” says Julian Duval. “I was young, loved reptiles and was like a kid in a candy store when I bought Sam. We are all very happy that our friendship has come full-circle.”

A portion of the proceeds from “Too Big To Lose” will be donated to the San Diego Botanic Garden in order to care for Sam, who could live another 100 years! Sam is not currently on display to the public, but is used as a therapy animal to “bring comfort and joy to visitors with special needs.”

For more information on Sam, “Too Big To Lose” or to schedule a private reading/book signing with the author, please contact: Leslie Duval at [email protected]

You can also visit Sam at his website: toobigtolose.com or on his FaceBook page: Too Big To Lose

Galapagos Tortoise

Sam's Big Day Video -
Galapagos Tortoise Moves to San Diego Botanic Garden

This video "Sam's Big Day" shares how a 600 lb Galapagos tortoise was moved from a home in Fallbrook CA to the San Diego Botanic Garden. It proved to very easy as Sam the tortoise will follow you just about any where for bananas.

There is also a very interesting back story about this special tortoise and its tie to Julian Duval, President/CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden which started in 1966. It also touches on the love and special care Sam has received for over 40 years by Lois Dickson.

Sam is clearly very fond of interacting with people but it is not possible for that experience to be available to everyone visiting the Botanic Garden. So until Sam will be provided a display exhibit when the Garden expects to expand he will be available as a therapy animal for people with special needs.
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