How the Tortoise Lost His Stripes

TortoiseA Just-So Tale

In the beginning of our story, the Giftgiver gave wonderful gifts to all the creatures of the world, and all the creatures were happy. The mouse was proud of his long, sharp teeth; the elephant was happy with her big, floppy ears; the eagle enjoyed soaring high in the air. But the happiest creature of all was the tortoise, who had two lovely racing stripes down his hard shell, to signify his great speed.
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