A World of Turtles: A Literary Celebration by Gregory McNamee, Luis Alberto Urrea

By Gregory McNamee, Luis Alberto Urrea

We've consistently enjoyed turtles, and we've usually suspected them of loving us. a global of Turtles, which gathers literary sightings of turtles over time and again and lots of cultures, celebrates the long-standing position of those creatures within the human mind's eye. throughout our historical past we've attributed enormously anthropomorphic values to turtles—as this anthology will make certain. clever, droll, vivid, cautious, liable, severe, and sensible spring to mind, but additionally, someway, noble, steadfast, loving. Turtles are consistent symbols of power, endurance, persistence, and lengthy lifestyles. but, for us, from formative years via maturity, they're perpetual assets of pleasure 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 clinical decisions approximately turtles and tortoises, compiled from historic, glossy, and modern resources. It appears to be like at those adored creatures from each attainable human point of view, revealing them (and us) of their many guises.

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If the rope is not long enough, I'll give it a single tug," Turtle said. " Page 3 Then he dove over the side. But he stayed down there under the water for six years. When he came up, he was covered with mud. He had only a little bit of earth, stuck under his claws. Earth Starter scraped this earth from Turtle's claws and rolled it in his hands. The little ball grew and grew until it was as big as the world. "Good," said Turtle. " So Earth Starter called his sister, the Sun, from the east, and his brother, the Moon, from the west.

Not the air nor the water, nor earth nor fire, frightens the turtle, because it is humble and prudent. This is just the case with the little brilliant turtle of the Maya, the symbol of constancy and purity. It has four feet with fine white nails. With these it digs into the earth to move itself along, and with these it swims across the lagoons. It goes from place to place, carrying afar silent messages. When something bad is going to happen, the turtle slips into the shallow water underneath our wells and stays there for several days, until what is going to happen has happened.

Earth Starter came down the rope, tied it to the raft, and boarded it. He wore a mask, but through it his face shone like the very sun. Earth Starter sat there quietly, looking at Turtle. " Turtle asked. "From way up there," said Earth Starter, pointing at the sky. "I would like it if you would make me some dry land to stand on now and then," said Turtle. " "Yes, I will," Earth Starter replied. " "Sometime. " Turtle got ready to dive under the water to find some earth. Earth Starter tied a rock around Turtle's wrist and tied the feather rope to Turtle's leg.

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