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By Gregory McNamee, Luis Alberto Urrea

ISBN-10: 058503656X

ISBN-13: 9780585036564

ISBN-10: 1555661904

ISBN-13: 9781555661908

We have now continuously enjoyed turtles, and we have now usually suspected them of loving us. an international 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 heritage we now have attributed vastly anthropomorphic values to turtles—as this anthology will make sure. clever, droll, shiny, cautious, responsible, critical, and clever are evoked, but in addition, someway, noble, steadfast, loving. Turtles are consistent symbols of energy, endurance, patience, and lengthy lifestyles. but, for us, from formative years via maturity, they're perpetual assets of enjoyment as good With writings from Aesop to Melville, and folklore from the Abenaki to the Wagarra, a global of Turtles is an anthology of literary, folkloric, and clinical choices approximately turtles and tortoises, compiled from historic, smooth, and modern assets. It seems to be at those adored creatures from each attainable human viewpoint, revealing them (and us) of their many guises.

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In this, an old couple takes in a turtle named Kawaimalino. Some children of the village accidentally poke Kawaimalino's eye out with a sharpened stick. That night, a ghostly woman missing one eye visits the couple in their dreams and implores them to return the turtle to its home in the Wailuku River. They do so, and the horrifying visitation ends. Page 6 Reflections on a Tortoise Gilbert White Do turtles have an elephant's memory? Evidently so, according to Gilbert White, who observed them closely and recorded his findings in The Natural History of Selborne (1789).

But as he avoids heat in the summer, so, in the decline of the year, he improves the faint autumnal beams by getting within the reflection of a fruit-wall; and, though he never has read that planes inclining to the horizon receive a greater share of warmth, he inclines his shell, by tilting it against the wall, to collect and admit every feeble ray. Pitiable seems the condition of this poor embarrassed reptile: to be cased in a suit of ponderous armor which he cannot lay aside; to be imprisoned, as it were, within his own shell, must preclude, we should suppose, all activity Page 10 and disposition for enterprise.

The available evidence suggests that, sadly, this may be so. I can only hope not; I want to be able to endorse in my own *Turtle is the epicene term for turtles, tortoises, and terrapins. Turtles are both aquatic and terrestrial; tortoises are terrestrial only; and terrapins are confined to salt-water coastal areas. Land turtles are almost always herbivorous and defensive, sea turtles almost always carnivorous and aggressive. Page ix time the ancient Chinese belief that the universe rests on the backs of turtles, constant symbols of strength, patience, endurance, and long life.

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