In the French III-IV class, students were asked to paraphrase a tale* and present it in the French language. Three students: Angela Sun, Anna Weesner, and Kyra Weisel, used a variety of skills to complete their project as an animation video.
It's a legend from traditional African folklore that celebrates wit and craftiness. Angela Sun is the storyteller.
As you listen, feel free to read the English summary of the fable:
Once upon a time, Ms Turtle was walking home, slowly enjoying the flowers and bugs in the forest. She appreciated the loveliness of the forest, but she was a little scatterbrained.
All of a sudden, as she walked onto palm leaves, they gave way and she fell deep, deep into a hole. It must be a hole that the hunters had dug, she thought. If she didn't get out by daybreak, she would become turtle soup.
As she thought about this, suddenly there was a thud! as a big, strong leopard fell in the hole. Ms Turtle thought quickly. She turned to the leopard and said in a haughty tone, "What are you doing here?? Don't you know I never invite people after sundown?" The leopard looked at her, stunned, and answered," What are you talking about, you old wrinkled-neck gourd?" Ms Turtle replied, "Please leave at once!" The leopard, angry, grabbed her with his paw and flung her out of the hole.
Brushing off, Ms Turtle turned to the leopard and said, "Merci. Au revoir," and waddled off, happy to have outsmarted both the hunters and the leopard.
Sit back and enjoy the program!
*The assignment is taken from the textbook Allez, Viens! Holt French 3, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2006, pages 205-6.
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