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If you do it properly I'll bet you anything you like that in a few months ' time he'll be twice as big as he is now . " I " I'll try it , " Mrs Silver said . " I'll try anything . Of course I will . But I can't believe it'll work .
He's twice as big as he was before ! Oh you darling ! " she cried , stroking the tortoise . " Oh , you great big wonderful boy ! Just look what clever Mr Hoppy has done for you ! " Mr Hoppy suddenly felt very brave .
... but Alfie is still with her , still the much - loved family pet , and Roberta reckons that by now he must be about thirty years old . It has taken him all that time to grow to twice the size he was when Mrs Silver had him .
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mstrust - LibraryThing
Mr. Hoppy has been in love with the widowed Mrs. Silver for years. He lives in the apartment above hers and grows plants on his balcony, which gives him the excuse to look down and discuss her beloved ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bobbybslax - LibraryThing
It was a cute bedtime story and I think it’s improved my fondness for turtles somehow, but the ending isn’t as pleasant as I expected. Marriages shouldn’t be founded on lies. But at least Alfie the Turtle lived/lives a good life. Read full review