Turtle's Race with Beaver

$6.00 each

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This Seneca story has big-time redevelopment taking over the neighborhood, as Beaver overruns and enlarges Turtle's comfy little pond while Turtle hibernates. Turtle, generous creature that she is, offers to share her territory, but Beaver wants it all.

Available in paperback or hardcover.  Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki) and James Bruchac (Abenaki), Turtle's Race with Beaver. 2003, color illustrations by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey.

This Seneca story has big-time redevelopment taking over the neighborhood, as Beaver overruns and enlarges Turtle's comfy little pond while Turtle hibernates. Turtle, generous creature that she is, offers to share her territory, but Beaver wants it all. Turtle accepts Beaver's challenge to race, the animals gather on the shore and choose sides, and—of course, Turtle wins, but not because she's a faster swimmer. Thoroughly humiliated, Beaver goes off to another pond, where he accepts another Turtle's generosity. Children will especially like the animals switching sides as the winner becomes apparent. As with How Chipmunk Got His Stripes and Raccoon’s Last Race, youngest listeners will ask to hear this one over an over.