Traditional Tale with a Twist: Bear and Turtle and the Great Lake Race (Other)

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Everyone knows how rude and grumpy bears can be if they don't get enough sleep! When a bad-tempered bear trips over a tiny turtle, no-one can foresee the consequence. When Turtle challenges Bear to a race along the lakeshore, Bear is confident about the outcome. But Turtle is smarter than Bear can imagine... Celebrated writer and story-teller Andrew Fusek Peters brings out all the comedy and ingenuity of this traditional Native American trickster tale. Complete with Audio CD.


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Series Title
Traditional Tale with a Twist
Child's Play International
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Andrew Fusek Peters; Andrew Fusek Peters; Alison Edgson
Publication Date
February, 2010
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches

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The genre of this book is legend. It tells a story similar to "The Hare and the Tortoise," and in this version, Bear is the fast, boastful one, and Turtle is the slow, tricky one. Turtle challenges Bear to a race after getting scolded and called names by Bear. They settle on Turtle swimming in the frozen lake, while Bear runs on land. To Bear's surprise, Turtle sticks his head out of every hole marker, and manages to get to the end before Bear does. Due to his exhaustion, Bear goes to his den, and sleeps all winter, which tells why bears hibernate. The readers discover that Turtle had used 8 of his brothers and sisters underneath each hole in the lake to beat Bear. I could use this book to explain what a legend is, and also start a discussion about what a moral could be. This would be appropriate for use in a 2nd-3rd grade classroom.

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