This beautiful story and teacher-friendly lesson combine to connect students with Nikolai and his search for the answers to the three questions that he believes will show him how to be a good person. By putting together provided cut-outs of story details, students are led to make a personal connection with Nikolai, the lessons and meanings within the story, and eventually answers of their own to the three questions. My 4th graders love this story. They love the characters, their answers, and the adventure of the baby panda rescue. And the discussions comparing their own answers to those of Turtle’s are always lively and thought-provoking.