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The Tortoise and the Eagle

Stephanie Smith

Lutherville, United States

Artist's Description

From Aesop’s Fables:

A Tortoise, dissatisfied with lowly crawling on the ground, envied the birds who could soar high into the clouds whenever they desired. One day, he offered an Eagle all the treasures in the ocean if she would only teach him how to fly. The Eagle declined the offer at first, but the Tortoise kept insisting and pleading. “Fine, I will teach you to fly,” siad the Eagle and, taking him up in her talons carried him high into the sky. As she let go of him, she said, “Now, spread your legs and fly!” But before the Tortoise could say one word in response, he plunged straight down, hit a rock, and was dashed to pieces.

Moral: Demand your own way, demand your own ruin.

Ink drawing with digital color, 2006, part of a series

NEW: This image won the Perspective challenge in the Illustration Superheroes group against some great competition… thanks for voting, everyone!

This image is one of many story images of birds and animals featured in my calendar Legendary Tales: Myths and Legends

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