Hurry up and Slow Down

Overview

Readers will adore the classical look of this expertly paced bedtime story about an energetic youth, a patient caretaker, and a good book.

As Hare races through the day, poor Tortoise can barely keep up. But when it's time to bounce into bed, Hare is no longer in such a hurry. Hare loves to linger over every page and picture in their favorite book. After all, some things must not be rushed.
...
See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (16) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $10.36   
  • Used (10) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Readers will adore the classical look of this expertly paced bedtime story about an energetic youth, a patient caretaker, and a good book.

As Hare races through the day, poor Tortoise can barely keep up. But when it's time to bounce into bed, Hare is no longer in such a hurry. Hare loves to linger over every page and picture in their favorite book. After all, some things must not be rushed.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Hare is, as to be expected, "always in a hurry." Tortoise, as is traditional, is not. He is slow to get going in the morning, to eat his lunch, to play games. As he proceeds through the day on the double pages, however, Hare is constantly urging him to hurry. At bedtime, Tortoise would like to sip a cup of tea in peace. But Hare really, really wants a story. "Just one?" "Oh, please, please, pleeeease?" Tortoise begins to read the words. Now it is Hare's turn to ask him to slow down, to look at the pictures. Tortoise smiles as he says, "Let's read the whole book over again!" The end pages offer a lovely close-up scene of all sorts of plants, insects, a snail, and even a small frog, all going about their peaceful business. The title page looks beyond this setting to the two main characters strolling down a hill. Then Marlow focuses naturalistically on them with few props. Watercolors create very attractive settings for their activities. A mouse and a frog, not mentioned in the text, perk up each scene with their antics. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

This delightful spin-off of "The Tortoise and the Hare" follows a typical day in the lives of these two friends. The story opens with a panoramic spread of them traveling across a hilly landscape. The sentence "Hare is always in a hurry" is on the left, directly above an image of him running in the foreground. Readers' eyes then pan to the opposite page and the sentence "Tortoise, however, is not." Far below these words is a small image of Tortoise, in the distance. Marlow maintains the slow and steady rhythm of Tortoise by describing him with one sentence per page, all the while interjecting impatient comments from Hare in a larger, more playful font. The result is a lively back and forth between the two pals. In the end, though, it is Hare who wants Tortoise to "Hurry up and slow down" when reading aloud a bedtime story; and Tortoise passes a true test of friendship when he puts off drinking his tea, which is getting cold, to suggest that they read the entire book again. The illustrations of Hare, Tortoise, their animal companions, and their environment are rounded and softly colored, creating a comforting world for young children. An endearing story that will no doubt become a bedtime favorite.-Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD

Kirkus Reviews
Slow, deliberate Tortoise seems to spend his day listening to the always-in-a-rush Hare telling him to "Hurry up!" Hare bounds across the stream, while Tortoise takes a more careful approach. At lunch, Hare is ready for dessert before Tortoise has finished his first leaf. But at bedtime the tables are turned. At last Tortoise seems to be doing something too fast for Hare-reading a story. When Hare finally begs him to "Hurry up and slow down!" Tortoise gives up the idea of a leisurely cup of chamomile tea and reads the story over again. Marlow's softly rendered pastel-colored illustrations clearly show the characters' emotions, especially the love between the two as they share a second reading. Her artwork is richly detailed and realistic, while at the same time capturing the sweetness appropriate to a bedtime book. Parents will not miss the intimation that they should emulate Tortoise's bedtime patience-just what the doctor ordered after a hectic day of trying to keep up. (Picture book. 3-5)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823421787
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Layn Marlow has always been fascinated by pictures and words. She is completely crazy about children's books and is happy to be making her own. Her website is laynmarlow.co.uk.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)