Let me tell you about Turtle of Koka.

A man of Lubi la Suku caught a turtle.  He brought it to the village.

"Let's make turtle stew!"

"But how shall we kill it?"

Someone said:

"Let's use our hatchet."

Turtle of Koa was so brave.

He jumped up on his little hind legs and began to dance and brag before them all.

He was telling them they could not hurt him with a hatchet.

"Turtle of Koka

Turtle of Koka

Hard hard shell!

Hard hard shell!

Hatchet of Koka

Hatchet of Koka

Can't hurt me.

Can't hurt me."

Now you know that the hatchet really would hurt Turtle.

But he fooled those people with his bluffing.

"Then how can we kill this turtle?"

"Maybe with a knife?"

But Turtle jumped up and began to dance and sing again.

"Turtle of Koka

Turtle of Koka

Hard hard shell!

Hard hard shell!

Knife of Koka

Knife of Koka

Can't hurt me.

Can't hurt me."

"A knife won't hurt him either.

What can we use?"

 

Maybe a big stick?"

Up jumped Turtle and began to sing.

"Turtle of Koka

Turtle of Koka

Hard hard shell!

Hard hard shell!

Big stick of Koka

Big stick of Koka

Can't hurt me.

Can't hurt me."

The people tried first one thing and then another

Turtle kept singing his mocking song.

They believed his bluffing.

At last someone said

"What if we threw him into the water?"

Then he would drown and we could eat him."

When Turtle of Koka heard that he pretended to be very

frightened.

He began to tremble all over and cry.

'Water of Koka . . .

Water of Koka . . .

no . . . no . . . no . . .

no . . . no . . . no . . .

Water of Koka . . .

Water of Koka . . .

no . . . no . . . no . . .

no . . . no . . . no . . ."

"That is the thing to do!" said the people.

That is the thing this Turtle is afraid of.

We will drown him.!"

Now you and I know that Turtle there in the water.

Water can't hurt Turtle at all.

But he had fooled those peole.

 

 

They took that turtle to the river

They threw him in.

Turtle sank out of sight into the river.

The people waited for Turtle to drown and float to the top of

the water.

But water was Turtle's home.

Turtle swam to the top of the water.

He stuck out his little head.

He laughed and sang.

'Water of Koka

Water of Koka

That's my home!

That's my home!

Water of Koka

Water of Koka

bye . . . bye . . . bye . . .

bye . . . bye . . . bye . . ."

Then he dove under the water and swam away.

And no one saw "Turtle of Koka again.