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TURTLE’S RACE WITH BEAVER by Joseph Bruchac

TURTLE’S RACE WITH BEAVER

By Joseph Bruchac (Author) , James Bruchac (Author) , Jose Aruego (Illustrator) , (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-8037-2852-2
Publisher: Dial

In the spirit of the traditional “Hare and the Tortoise,” the Bruchacs retell a Seneca tale. Turtle is happy in his pond, which is just deep enough and has rocks to sun on. When Beaver decides to make some changes, consequently making the pond deeper and submerging the rocks, Turtle knows they must discuss how to share the pond. Not willing to share, Beaver challenges Turtle to a swim across the pond; the victor shall have the pond all to himself. Predictably, Turtle outwits Beaver, and despite Turtle’s offer that they can still share the space, Beaver leaves in embarrassment. Beaver travels to a nearby pond, but this time he’s willing to share with the turtle he finds there. The artists’ trademark energy-filled pen-and-ink and gouache illustrations enhance the tale with color and humor. Each animal bursts with personality in this sure winner. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)