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There once was a Turtle, who was known very well. He was known as the Turtle who would not leave his shell. No one knew why he acted this way. He’d lay on that spot every night and all day. And there he stayed, right where he was. Not giving a reason, we’ll say ‘just because’. This was his life, in his shell all alone. Content where he was, staying still as a stone.                    

Squirrel came along and asked him to play. "Why get all sweaty on a hot summer day?" Bear invited Turtle to swim in the river. "But water that cold will give me a shiver." Everyone tried from the Skunk to the Moose. And the Turtle was ready with another excuse. While many gave up, it did puzzle a few. Was he shy? Was he cranky? Or was he just blue?