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THE LITTLE TURTLE, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: There was a little turtle
Last Line: But he didn't catch me.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lindsay, Vachel
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


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.




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