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The Tale of Timothy Turtle

Arthur Scott Bailey

Book Overview: 

One of Bailey’s “Sleepy-Time Tales,” this is the story of Timothy Turtle, a grumpy old turtle trying to live his life alongside Black Creek. Timothy’s adventures lead him to encounters with other Black Creek creatures, Fatty Coon, Mr. Crow, Brownie Beaver, Peter Mink, Ferdinand Frog, and even the local boy, Johnnie Green.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .u can't talk well with your mouth full."

"I can say all I need to," Timothy Turtle grunted. "And I know that if I dropped your paw you'd run off."

"Hurry, then!" Fatty Coon begged him piteously. "Hurry and tell me what you have to say. And please talk fast!"

Timothy Turtle almost smiled.

"Am I hurting you?" he inquired.

"Yes, you are!" cried Fatty Coon.

"Good!" Mr. Turtle snorted. "I meant to, because I've a grudge against you."

Fatty Coon couldn't think what he meant.

"I've never done a thing to you," he declared.

"Perhaps not!" Timothy Turtle admitted.p. 14

"But you stole Mrs. Turtle's eggs—twenty-seven of them—and you can't deny it."

Now, it was true—what Timothy Turtle said. Hidden among the reeds one day, Fatty Coon had watched Mrs. Turtle bury her eggs in the sand, to hatch. And when she had gone he had crept out from his hiding-place, dug . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is another fine collection of stories in the Tuck Me in Tales. My son and I didn’t enjoy these ones as much as Reddy Woodpecker, and Jolly Robin, but it was still an enjoyable and charming read.

A fanciful, enjoyable tale of woodland creatures.

This was clearly intended for children, but the main character is so disreputable, that perhaps it is better not for children to read it.

We ended up finishing this via Libravox. It entertained the kids and indirectly taught them a lot about the habits of different animals. I still much prefer Burgess though.