A sight most strange and wonderful
Three little puppies saw—
A creature out of shell of horn
Popped out a head and claw.
They jumped and barked, and barked again,
And stared with open eyes;
The sight of such a strange shaped thing
So filled them with surprise.
They wondered at its smooth, brown shell,
Its skin both brown and green;
And thought it was the strangest siht
They ever yet had seen.
They would have tried to bite and scratch
This funny looking thing;
But now they thought it might have hid
A sharp and biting sting.