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By Gregory McNamee, Luis Alberto Urrea

ISBN-10: 058503656X

ISBN-13: 9780585036564

ISBN-10: 1555661904

ISBN-13: 9781555661908

We now have constantly enjoyed turtles, and we have now frequently suspected them of loving us. an international of Turtles, which gathers literary sightings of turtles over again and again and plenty of cultures, celebrates the long-standing position of those creatures within the human mind's eye. throughout our historical past we now have attributed enormously anthropomorphic values to turtles—as this anthology will be sure. clever, droll, brilliant, cautious, accountable, severe, and sensible spring to mind, but additionally, someway, noble, steadfast, loving. Turtles are consistent symbols of energy, endurance, patience, and lengthy lifestyles. but, for us, from early life via maturity, they're perpetual resources of enjoyment as good With writings from Aesop to Melville, and folklore from the Abenaki to the Wagarra, an international of Turtles is an anthology of literary, folkloric, and medical choices approximately turtles and tortoises, compiled from historical, smooth, and modern assets. It seems to be at those adored creatures from each attainable human point of view, revealing them (and us) of their many guises.

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92 subject : Turtles--Anecdotes, Turtles--Folklore, Turtles. Page iii A World of Turtles A Literary Celebration Edited by Gregory McNamee and Luis Alberto Urrea JOHNSON BOOKS Boulder Page iv Copyright © by Gregory McNamee and Luis Alberto Urrea All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.

Evidently so, according to Gilbert White, who observed them closely and recorded his findings in The Natural History of Selborne (1789). A good churchman, White also chided the tortoise for its laziness while remarking with wonder on the one thing that gets a chelonian moving. While I was at Sussex last autumn my residence was at the village near Lewes, from whence I formerly had the pleasure of writing to you. On the first of November I remarked that an old tortoise ... began first to dig the ground, in order to form its hypernaculum, which it had fixed on just beside a great tuft of hepaticas.

It was easy enough, however, because all the Terrapin's friends looked just alike, and he had simply posted one near the top of each ridge to wait until the Rabbit came in sight and then climb over and hide in the Page 38 long grass. When the Rabbit came on he could not find the Terrapin and so thought the Terrapin was ahead, and if he had met one of the other terrapins he would have thought it the same one because they looked so much alike. The real Terrapin had posted himself on the fourth ridge, so as to come in at the end of the race and be ready to answer questions if the animals suspected anything.

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