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The Race
     

The Race

by Caroline Repchuk (Retold by), Alison Jay (Illustrator), Alison Jay (Illustrator), Chronicle Books
 

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The classic Aesop fable has been given a contemporary twist in The Race. Featuring the instantly recognizable Tortoise and Hare, this delightful re-telling features a rhyming text and an exciting race around the world, via boats, planes and even a hot air balloon. In Hares haste, he runs into all kinds of traveling trouble, while slow-and-steady Tortoise makes a

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The classic Aesop fable has been given a contemporary twist in The Race. Featuring the instantly recognizable Tortoise and Hare, this delightful re-telling features a rhyming text and an exciting race around the world, via boats, planes and even a hot air balloon. In Hares haste, he runs into all kinds of traveling trouble, while slow-and-steady Tortoise makes a leisurely trip to the end destination -New York! Lush illustrations combine with witty text to make the familiar morals of patience and diligence ring true for a whole generation.

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Publishers Weekly
Finished with crackle-grain varnish, Jay's (Picture This) droll and distinctive paintings add a winning component to this updated rendition of Aesop's fable about the tortoise and the hare. The background patterns of hairline cracks in the illustrations suggest an antique quality, as do such images as an old-fashioned hot-air balloon, a vintage ocean liner and open-cockpit planes. But Jay's playful liberties with proportion and perspective also give her work a strong contemporary feel, creating a fresh and quirky amalgam of old and new. Repchuk's (The Snow Tree) narrative, relayed in rhymed couplets of varying cleverness, is less impressive: "Tortoise and Hare each packed a case. To New York City they decided to race," it opens. Tortoise books passage on a sturdy ship that transports him from England to Manhattan, while Hare embarks on a perilous string of misadventures. Readers will chuckle as Hare rear-ends a poodle's car in Paris, crashes his hot-air balloon in Egypt and falls out of a plane into New York Harbor, where a relaxed Tortoise fishes him out. An eye-catcher. Ages 3-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this modern retelling of the classic fable, Hare makes a bet with Tortoise that he can reach New York City first. They set off from England heading east, with Tortoise opting for a leisurely cruise and Hare choosing various modes of transportation, from cars to hot-air balloons to camels. In the end, of course, "Poor Hare, he was sadly deflated./It turned out that speed was overrated./So the moral of the story will stay./Slow and steady wins the day!" Jay's unique illustrations-alkyd paint with crackle-glaze varnish-provide life to this tale, recording Hare's travel woes, from barely escaping alligators to a fender-bender, with quieter insets showing Tortoise's trip for contrast. The stunning art, however, cannot redeem the mediocre text, presented in a tedious rhyme. In the end, Aesop's moral itself becomes murky, as the hare loses not because of his own boastfulness, but because he has chosen unreliable modes of transportation.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In Repchuk's clever, if clumsily rhymed and paced, remake of this oddly popular fable (Margery Cuyler's Roadsigns: A Hare-y Race with a Tortoise, 2000; Lucy Floyd's Rabbit and Turtle Go To School, 2000; Helen Ward's Hare and the Tortoise, 1999; etc.), Tortoise and Hare race from England to New York City-the long way 'round. Tortoise saunters aboard an ocean liner; Hare roars off in a zippy red sports car. As Tortoise enjoys cocktails and leisurely stopovers, Hare runs into a series of misadventures-"Hare shot down the raging river. / That poor old bunny was all aquiver. / He sped past snatching claws-and jaws!- / then hauled himself up with tired paws"-arriving at the finish to find Tortoise there ahead of him. "Poor Hare, he was sadly deflated. / It turned out that speed was overrated. . . ." Though the race's result is the same, there's a certain reversal of character here that makes for a refreshing change-and young viewers may enjoy picking out from Jay's crackle-finished scenes the famous landmarks the harried Hare passes on his disaster-strewn journey. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811835008
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
02/01/2002
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 12 Years

Meet the Author

Alison Jay studied graphic design at the London College of Printing. After graduating with honors, she concentrated on illustrating children's books. Her distinct, crackle-glaze art style has won her international acclaim.

Caroline Repchuk has authored and illustrated many children's books. She lives in the United Kingdom.

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