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There Was a Little Turtle

He lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle.
He climbed on the rocks.

He snapped at a mosquito.
He snapped at a flea.
He snapped at a minnow.
And he snapped at me.

He caught the mosquito.
He caught the flea.
He caught the minnow.
But he didn't catch me.

by Vachel Lindsay  

*All hands were washed and turtles released after the making of this fun memory.

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  1. Sweet! I’d love to find a little treasure like this one..so cute! We found baby crabs at the beach..but no luck with catching them digitally! Still a great memory!

  2. Absolutely adorable turtle. Thanks for the pictures. Adorable daughter, too.

  3. Thank goodness you released him! My daughter and her college roommate/best friend decided to get 2 “little” turtles their freshman year living in the dorm (3 years ago)… WELL, said turtles did NOT stay small like this ~ they now live in our garden pond and “Hulk” ( a funny name when he was the size of a silver dollar!) is now 9″ long and 5″ wide! His friend “Webster” that turned out to be a girl is much smaller at 6″ x 4″…they outgrew THREE aquariums in the house. I’m thinking of taking them to a nearby pond because I feel sorry for them, but my daughter just loves them!

  4. Love the poem! Hadn’t heard it in a long time. Brings back memories of when my children were smaller. :)

  5. Love it! Isn’t that tiny creature amazing! What beauty and creativity went into designing even that tiny thing….What a Creator we have!

    Oh, and the washing hands thing??! Er, what would you do that for? Someone ought to have told me. My kids are 8-18 now, so I guess it’s too late to start the habit now 😉

  6. First of all, I’m so glad to learn that I’m not the only one who has heard that poem! My grandmother used to recite that to me all the time and people tend to look at me like I’m crazy when I recite.

    Second, that is just the cutest little turtle ever! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one so green looking.

  7. Very cute poem and turtle;)

  8. Red sliders! We had an exchange student look out the bathroom window and spot one crawling along about the same size as yours. On 7 acres of dirt! Brought him and into an aquarium he went. Tuck lived happily for 2 years with us and last year we gave him to another homeschooling family with 4 kids and they have enjoyed him immensely. They are so very cool to watch!