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When Turtle Grew Feathers: A Folktale from the Choctaw Nation
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August House
Pub Date: 2013
ISBN: 9781939160218
Tim Tingle
When Turtle Grew Feathers: A Folktale from the Choctaw Nation
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When Turtle Grew Feathers: A Folktale from the Choctaw Nation

by Tim Tingle

In this Choctaw variant of Aesop's fable "The Tortoise and the Hare," master storyteller Tim Tingle reveals some unexpected twists and expands the cast to include a wild turkey, a colony of ants, and a cheering squad of Little Bitty Turtles as well. When Rabbit boastfully challenges Turtle to a race, he gets his comeuppance and Turtle gets a little assist from his winged friend, Turkey. In the process, we learn why Turtle's shell is cracked and why you never see Rabbit racing Turtle today. The bold and vibrant illustrations capture not only the grasslands of the High Plains but also the demeanor of its animal inhabitants and the humor of the tale.