“Race of the Terrapin and the Deer”


The terrapin challenges the deer to a race. The deer agrees; the terrapin asks terrapins to hide by the path. When the deer calls out, "And where are you, terrapin?" the nearest terrapin answers, causing the deer to run faster till it is exhausted


This is a widely-known folktale, but here presented with music, so into the Index it goes. - RBW


  1. Belden, p. 504, "Race of the Terrapin and the Deer" (1 text with musical elements)
  2. Roud #7818
  3. BI, Beld504


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1910 (Belden)
Found in: US(So)