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Fable 2: The Talkative Turtle

Story: The Talkative Turtle

Turtle could not stop talking. Early in the morning he slid his long neck out from under his shell and started talking. He sat on the river bank and talked and talked and talked. In the evening the other animals wanted to watch the sun set in peace and quiet, but Turtle talked and talked.

What Turtle talked about most of all was flying! He wanted to fly. He was jealous of the birds that flew through the sky way up high. Turtle wanted to fly just like them.

“Turtles can’t fly,” said Frog. “Please be quiet.”

But Turtle talked and talked.

“Turtles can’t fly,” said Lizard. “Please be quiet.”

But Turtle talked and talked.

“Turtles can’t fly,” said the black swans. “Please be quiet.”

“It’s not fair,” Turtle said to the swans. “You can fly, so why can’t I?”

The swans tried to explain to Turtle that they had wings to help them fly but creatures without wings could not fly. Still Turtle wanted to fly. He talked about it all day long. He talked and talked and talked.

Finally, the swans said they would help him to fly, on one condition.

“Anything,” said Turtle.

The swans said if he promised to stop talking all day long they would help him fly.

Turtle promised.

The two swans took hold of a long stick with their beaks, one at each end and told turtle to grab the middle of the stick with his mouth.

Before he knew it Turtle was in the air. The swans flapped their wings and flew toward the clouds. Turtle was so happy. At last he was flying. Down on the riverbank he saw Frog and Lizard.

He called out to them, “Hey, look at me. I’m flying.”

But when he opened his mouth, he lost his hold on the stick. Turtle fell down, down, down to the ground.

And that was the end of Turtle.

That evening his friends sat on the riverbank and watched the sun set in peace and quiet.

“Poor Turtle,” they said. “He never learned when to keep his mouth shut.”

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A retelling of the Aesop’s fable The Turtle and the Ducks by JB Rowley. Free for others to use except for commercial publication.

Song, rhyme and craft activity here:

Deep Sea Dreaming

1: Story 2: Song 3: Rhyme 4: Activity
 

Ocean Creatures

One day when I was a very little girl I went to the beach with my mummy and daddy. I went into the ocean for a swim. While I was swimming along came an ocean creature to swim with me. It was a green sea turtle. So I swam with the turtle.

Then along came another ocean creature. It was a seahorse. So I swam with the turtle and the seahorse.

Then along came another ocean creature. It was a clown fish. So I swam with the turtle, the seahorse and the clown fish.

Then along came another ocean creature. It was a dugong. So I swam with the turtle, the sea horse, the clown fish and the dugong.

Then along came another ocean creature. It was a big hungry whale.

The hungry whale swam toward the turtle and the turtle swam away fast.

The hungry whale swam toward the seahorse and the seahorse swam away fast.

The hungry whale swam toward the clown fish and the clown fish swam away fast.

The hungry whale swam toward the dugong and the dugong away fast.

The hungry whale swam toward me and I was so frightened I screamed very loudly and I splashed and splashed in the water. The big hungry whale swam away.

I went back to the sand where Mummy and Daddy were looking for me. They told me I must never ever go into the water on my own again. Never ever!

Choose your own ocean creatures to use in the story. I tell this as an apron story, using colourful cardboard cut-outs. Each creature appears out of one of my apron pockets when I introduce it in the story and sticks to mu apron (with the help of Velcro).

An original story by JB Rowley. Free for use by others except commercial publication.
 
 

Song: My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
 
This song is great to use as a warm up activity and a closing activity. Hug your child and rock with the rhythm of the song.
 

Rhyme: Little Turtle

There was a little turtle (Make fist like turtle)
That lived in the sea (Draw waves in the air)

He snapped at a jelly fish (Make snapping motion at child)
And he snapped at me (Make snapping motion at self)

He caught the little jelly fish (Tickle child)
But he didn’t catch me! (Hug child)
 
 

Craft: Enchanted Learning

Lots of different activities to choose from here.

 

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