• When Turtle Grew Feathers

  • A Folktale from the Choctaw Nation
  • By: Tim Tingle
  • Narrated by: Tim Tingle
  • Length: 8 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this Choctaw variant of Aesop's fable "The Tortoise and the Hare", 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.

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.

Illustrator Stacey Schuett's 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.

©2007 Tim Tingle (P)2007 August House Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The bold and colorful illustrations are a good match for this lively telling that, with Rabbit's breezy rap-like dialogue, is a joy....Based on a traditional Choctaw story, this telling wins the race." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Variations of the race between the tortoise and the hare crop up regularly, but this version, retold as a trickster tale, stands out for its humor and expressive illustrations." (School Library Journal)

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