Thursday, December 15, 2011

Turtle Talks Too Much

"Turtle Talks Too Much" is another Native American story that I adapted for the Family Story Time program of November 29, 2011 (see post for 11/30/11).  It is based on "How Turtle Flew South for the Winter" in Native American Stories told by Joseph Bruchac.  Although I told it using props, it can easily be told as a flannel/magnet board story.  I remember reading a version of this tale several years ago but of course I have forgotten where I came across it.  My version can be found as a Google document here.

The props were fairly simple to make.  The stick came from my front yard.  When selecting a stick make sure it is small enough for the clothes pins to fit on it.  I drew the turtle and birds and colored them with markers.  The turtle's shell is plain and I put a piece of white sticky-backed Velcro in the center of the shell and colored it with green marker.  I then made a cracked shell putting the other part of the Velcro on the back of it so it can be attached after turtle falls.  I put card stock behind the figures to reinforce them.  This also helped the birds stay upright on the stick.  I then taped clothes pins behind the birds' feet and behind turtle's head.  I taped a mouth onto turtle's clothes pin. 

Birds carrying turtle:

How it is put together:

After the fall:

It's my turn to host the Flannel Friday Round-Up so please come back Friday evening for the last Flannel Friday of 2011!


  1. Beautiful flannels! Thanks for sharing them. This is one of my favorite stories to tell. When Turtle talks, he goes nonstop, "Oh please bird won't you carry me please I really want to fly please please I've wanted to fly so much for so long please I really do I really do" you get the idea, like an eager three year old.

  2. I love telling stories where I get to act like a three year old.

  3. I put my Flannel Friday link in the wrong comment field. Sorry! Here is the link for my contribution this week. Thanks! Sarah

  4. Very nice, Linda! This is a great story that really comes to life with just three characters!