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This humorous traditional tale from the Igbo people of Nigeria features the trickster tortoise, Mbeku, and shows how the tortoise got his rough, checkered shell as a result of Mbeku's greediness and cunning. Get A Copy. Hardcover , 32 pages. Published January by Stoddart Kids first published December 31st More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1.

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To ask other readers questions about The Flying Tortoise , please sign up. Can anyone describe the characters in this book? Christa it's really hard to describe them. See all 3 questions about The Flying Tortoise…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 17, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: preschool-storytime , older-kid-storytime.

The tortoise has a smooth, shiny, glow-in-the-dark, magnificent shell. This fantastic tortoise tricks the birds into letting him have a huge feast prepared for them by the Skylanders. The birds get him back by taking away the wings that were made to fly him up to Skyland. Then the tortoise cries and looks pathetic enough to ask the birds to have his lizard friend create a huge pile of soft things that he could fall on to get down.

They trust him and fly down to talk to the lizard--except for the The tortoise has a smooth, shiny, glow-in-the-dark, magnificent shell. They trust him and fly down to talk to the lizard--except for the sparrow who was busy hunting down a flea in her feathers. As soon as the others are gone, the tortoise stops crying and starts laughing. Not only did the birds allow him to trick them out of their feast, but they are helping him get home, too!

The sparrow takes this news down to the other birds. When they go to the lizard, the birds tell her to create a huge pile of hard things for the tortoise. In Skyland, all the tortoise can see is his friend making a big pile of things. He aims at the pile and jumps. When he crashes, his magnificent shell breaks into a million pieces. His friend puts it back together for him, but his vanity is hurt when others come near him.

That is why he pulls his head, legs, and tail into his shell. A little long for storytime, but could work with preschoolers or older kids. I found this book at the library book sale this weekend and picked it up because I love folktales and my son loves turtles. The story reminded me of the West African stories about Anansi the spider, as he is also a trickster, although Mbeku the tortoise seems much more greedy and unredeemable compared to Anansi.

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The story comes from the Igbo people of Nigeria. Mbeku the tortoise had a beautiful shiny shell. He tricked the birds into giving him their feathers and becoming their spokesman after th I found this book at the library book sale this weekend and picked it up because I love folktales and my son loves turtles. He tricked the birds into giving him their feathers and becoming their spokesman after they were all invited to the Skyland for a feast.

Mbeku got his friend the lizard to create some wings for him, which he uses to fly up with the birds and eat all their food. In punishment, they destroy his wings and leave him stranded in the sky. He plans on jumping down, but after the birds learn that he has fooled them for a third time, they sabotage his soft landing. Mbeku falls and breaks his shell, and his friend the lizard tries to repair it but it is now rugged and ugly.

Recommended for ages , 4 stars. Jul 04, Matthew rated it liked it. This story of how a turtle's shell came to look the way that it did was nicely illustrated, though I have to say that I'm not that big a fan of the turtle. He kind of played the villain that never got his comeuppance. Meanwhile, his friend, the lizard, never got any kind of appreciation and yet he stayed the nasty turtle's friend through it all.

I would have preferred the lizard to turn his back on the turtle after all the grief that the turtle put him through, but I guess sometimes you have to This story of how a turtle's shell came to look the way that it did was nicely illustrated, though I have to say that I'm not that big a fan of the turtle.

I would have preferred the lizard to turn his back on the turtle after all the grief that the turtle put him through, but I guess sometimes you have to roll with the punches. Still, it illustrates another cultures folk tales and that is always an enriching experience.

This tale from the Igbo region in Nigeria which covers an area the size of Switzerland is about a cunning tortoise that has managed to trick birds into serving him. I find the trickster tortoise Mbeku to be someone I admire instead of despise or pity. The resourcefulness that Mbeku has used upon the foolish birds is amazing. This tale helps to explain why tortoises today have rugged, checkered, and dull shells.

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The Igbo people believed that tortoises used to have shiny and smooth shells until This tale from the Igbo region in Nigeria which covers an area the size of Switzerland is about a cunning tortoise that has managed to trick birds into serving him. The Igbo people believed that tortoises used to have shiny and smooth shells until Mbeku's shell was shattered due to the trickery of the birds.

Jan 23, Sonia Jarmula rated it it was amazing. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Mollel in person at a Young Writer's Conference and getting his autograph, and before that, thanking him for coming to my school, it was a real joy, he is a very gentle, kind, and wise person. I read this to a girl I was babysitting last night, we both enjoyed Tololwa M.

Mollel's use of imagery and the fantastic pictures and humourous writing.


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