~ 129. Anansi Takes Advice from Turtle ~

Anansi caught Turtle in a trap.
"I'll cook you for supper!" said Anansi.
"Just be sure to take me out of the water as soon as it starts boiling," said Turtle. "Otherwise, my fat will melt away."
Anansi put Turtle in a pot of water, and then he put the pot on the fire.
Turtle blew as hard as he could, making bubbles.
Anansi thought the water was boiling, so he took Turtle out of the pot and went to set the table, singing, "Turtle supper, yum-yum-yum!"
When Anansi returned, Turtle was gone.
Turtle went home singing, "Fooled Anansi, ha-ha-ha!"

Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 41 in the book. Beckwith heard this story from Henry Spence; additional information in Beckwith's notes. This story is very short; I added the singing bits.

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