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Why Turtles Live in the Water

A Folktale from West Africa

Turtles used to live on land until one day when a very clever turtle was caught by hunters.

They brought the turtle back to their village. The Chief asked, "How shall we cook our turtle?"

"You'll have to kill me first," said the turtle, "and take me out of this shell."

"We'll break your shell with sticks," the hunters said.

"That will never work," said the turtle. "Why don't you throw me in the river and drown me?"

"Excellent idea," said the Chief.

They took the turtle to the river and threw it into the water.

The hunters were getting ready to cook the drowned turtle, when two little green eyes poked up in the water. The laughing turtle said, "Don't get those cooking pots out too fast!"

The turtle quickly swam away and thought, "I think I'll spend most of my time from now on, safely in the water."

Source: Why Turtles Live tin the Water
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What is the setting of this story?
a boat
a swamp
a village by the river
a village by the river What word means the same as clever?
smart Where was this tale first told?
South America
Africa How were the hunters planning to break the turtle's shell?
with a rock
with sticks
by throwing the turtle around
with sticks According to the story, why do turtles live in the water?
to stay cool
to stay safe from hunters
to eat fish
to stay safe from hunters How did the turtle escape from the hunters?
by hiding under a rock
by being clever and tricking them
by using its hard shell as a shield
wby being clever and tricking them

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