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Turtle's Race With Beaver

by Joseph Bruchac, James Bruchac

Other authors: Jose Aruego (Illustrator), Ariane Dewey (Illustrator)

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Interactive listening with class participation makes this book a must-read aloud.

CC: Hibernation, onomatopoeia.
  jeziorskij | Feb 1, 2016 |
Father-and-son team Joseph and James Bruchac - who also collaborated on Raccoon's Last Race: A Traditional Abenaki Story and How Chipmunk Got His Stripes - present a widespread Native American folktale in Turtle's Race With Beaver, one which (according to the brief foreword) probably originated with the Iroquois. The story of a race between a smaller, slower animal (Turtle), and a larger, swifter one (Beaver), it also bears a striking resemblance to the classic Aesopic fable of The Tortoise and the Hare, with a similar victory for the underdog.

An enjoyable story, joined to the colorful, cartoon-like artwork of José Aruego and Ariane Dewey - who also illustrated the two other Bruchac-and-Bruchac picture-books - makes for an excellent story-time selection for young folklore lovers. I was sorry to see Bruchac claiming definitively, in his foreword, that Aesop was of African descent, as that is by no means the most widely accepted theory (earliest sources place his birth in Thrace, and, of course, what we know as "Aesop's Fables" were actually first written down by Greco-Roman authors such as Babrius and Phaedrus, long after the time of Aesop, making their origin somewhat problematic), but leaving aside that glaring simplification, I recommend Turtle's Race With Beaver. Just be prepared, if you intend to share the foreword with young readers, to explain how much more complicated the historical and literary record is, as regards Aesop, than indicated in Bruchac's brief remarks. ( )
1 vote AbigailAdams26 | Apr 26, 2013 |
Cute story that would be great for a comparison of The Tortoise and the Hare.
  JudesThree | Feb 24, 2013 |
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A wonderful twist on the tortoise and the hare tale. A clever adaption for an indian tale. ( )
  mccabe1030 | Jun 11, 2012 |
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To all good listeners, both young and old. -J.B. & J.B
To Juan -J.A.& A.D.
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Long ago, Turtle lived in a beautiful little pond.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142404667, Paperback)

Turtle lives in a beautiful little pond with everything a happy turtle needs. But one spring, Turtle awakes from hibernation to discover that her lovely home has been invaded! A pushy beaver takes over Turtle's beloved pond and refuses to share. Instead, he challenges her to a race to determine who can stay. But how can a little turtle outswim a big, powerful beaver? This charming fable of brains versus brawn is a great read for all the young readers in the forest to share!

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When Beaver challenges Turtle to a swimming race for ownership of the pond, Turtle outsmarts Beaver, and Beaver learns to share.

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