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WHEN TURTLE GREW FEATHERS by Tim Tingle

WHEN TURTLE GREW FEATHERS

By Tim Tingle (Author) , Stacey Schuett (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: May 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-87483-777-3
Publisher: Little Folk/August House

In this amusing variation on the traditional tortoise and the hare tale, Turkey tries on Turtle’s shell after accidentally cracking and then repairing it. Then, “ ‘Here comes Rabbit,’ said the Little Bitty Five. / ‘Rabbit wants to race, and he won’t be denied.’ ” Turkey, hidden in Turtle’s shell, accepts the challenge of the bullying Rabbit, who is mean-looking and larger-than-life. The look on Rabbit’s face when Turkey pushes out his long neck, then his long skinny legs, and finally his wings, is not to be missed. Turkey circles the lake before Rabbit even gets started, and puts Rabbit to shame. The story concludes, “Rabbit never challenged Turtle again. That’s why you never see them racing today.” The bold and colorful illustrations are a good match for this lively telling that, with Rabbit’s breezy rap-like dialogue, is a joy to read aloud. Based on a traditional Choctaw story, this telling wins the race. Includes notes on sources. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)