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The Four Turtles
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There are more than 270 known species of turtles that exist and this is a story about one of the amazing species.
They were four brothers who lived on the bank of the Cuyahoga River in Ohio.
Their names were Swifty, Shifty, Drifty and Thrifty.
The four identical quadruplet turtles had a musical talent and formed a quartet.
They become well known after a hit song written by the Wise Old Owl,
'I don't Give A Hoot'
After a few successful years of singing they split up and each one went his own way.
They were born from the same clutch of eggs and were identical quadruplets except for their personalities and characteristics.
As they grew up they discovered their musical talents and they became a little-known quartet called 'The Four Reptiles'.
They later changed their name to 'The 4 Turtles' which was catchy and more appealing to the public as they grew in popularity.
One day they got a break with a new song composed by the Wise Old Owl who lived in the tall tree in the nearby woods.
Swifty was the lead tenor and Shifty was the lead singer. Drifty was the baritone and Thrifty was the bass. This highly successful song was titled 'I Don't Give a Hoot.'
They were in a heated competition with a number of singing quartet groups and among them was their biggest rival group, The Simpsons, who are shown below:
The 4 Turtles competed with four hit songs.
Swifty wrote the lyrics for 'Running Away'.
Shifty wrote the music for 'Watch Me Close'.
Drifty composed the song 'If I Only Had a Ship'.
Thrifty arranged the music for 'Money Speaks to Me'.
After several successful years singing together, they decided to split up and go their separate ways.
Shifty the lead singer went to Italy to be trained as an opera singer. He gained a lot of weight eating spaghetti and emerged as a thriving opera singer.
Swifty, the tenor, quit singing and trained in Ninjutsu to become a Ninja Turtle.
In one practice session he had an accident and fractured his shell.
The medic used denture glue to repair it.
After a year of therapy, he was challenged to a foot race by a rabbit. The rabbit had a large lead and became overconfident. He took a nap one kilometre from the finish line and Swifty passed him and won the race.
Drifty, the baritone purchased a sailing vessel and left to 'Sail the Seven Seas'
South Atlantic Ocean
North Pacific Ocean
South Pacific Ocean
He got lost in the Atlantic Ocean when he sailed into the Bermuda Triangle, he and his sail-boat vanished into thin air. He never got a chance to sail the other six seas.
Thrifty, the baritone stayed at home on the Cuyahoga River bank where he was hatched.
Every evening before going to sleep, he'll sing in his deep baritone voice in memory of his three turtle brothers.
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Retiring in 2000, Dennyk rekindled his childhood interest in children's stories first triggered by his father's funny stories, by completing a children's writing course.
Dennyk is married with two children and four grandchildren who live in Europe. His wife runs an animal rescue centre called 'Lillies of the Field', some of the animals feature in his stories.
Dennyk grew up in North Dakota, gaining a BSME from the State University, moving to Ohio in 1955, France in 1964, England in 1978, Canada in 1984 and returning to Ohio in 1990.
Here's a list of just some of Dennyk's stories which are rotated on this page one at a time and available to registered readers. The entire collection is available immediately to those registered for Unlimited Children's Stories (see Free Story Access above).
Black And Blue
Bonbon And Buzzy
Camping Gone Bad Canuck Cowgirl
Catch And Release
Dinky And Chomper
Dreama Talking Cockatoo
Fair And Square
Flowers And Birds
Huey And Yogi
Jake And Lill
Jeremy The Flyer
My Dog Jeremy
Someone Ill Be
The Five Germs
The Lone Ranger
The Majestic 6 Plus 1
The Three Boars
Thanks for your interest and happy reading.