The Tortoise and the Hareby Betty Miles, Paul Meisel
Recounts in simple dialogue the famous tale of the race between the persevering tortoise and the boastful hare.
Children's Literature - Debra BriaticoDesigned for beginning readers, this "Ready-to-Read" book uses simple, repetitive language and colorful, witty illustrations to recount the popular tale about the race between a slow, steady turtle and a fast, boastful rabbit. This predictable story not only introduces youngsters to clever characters and a funny plot, but it also teaches a valuable lesson about perseverance.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Gr 1Miles's introduction informs parents that "old stories" are good for new readers because of their use of familiar story lines and repetitive words. The author then uses these techniques in her retelling of this classic Aesop fable, using only dialogue, keeping the words to a minimum, and repeating certain phrases throughout. While the tale itself remains unchanged, this version has a modern bent to it, expressed primarily through the cartoon illustrations. All of the animals are dressed in colorful clothing, except for Tortoise, who wears nothing but his shell and a pair of sneakers. They all sport letters on their chests (Tortoise wears a `T,' Hare an `H,' and Bear a `B") except for Fox, who has his whole name on his shirt. These cleverly placed clues will help children remember what letter each animal's name starts with. Amusing details include Tortoise's little round glasses perched on the end of his nose and the banners that cheer on the racers. A great choice for beginning readers to tackle on their own.Dina Sherman, Brooklyn Children's Museum, NY
Kirkus ReviewsThe well-known fable is economized in a Ready-to-Read edition from Miles (see review, above); the events of the race now take place entirely in dialogue, sometimes in a Dick-and-Jane staccato. Quotation marks and speech bubbles have been abandoned in favor of brief blocks of text placed in proximity to each animal speaker. Once the race begins, it's not long before Hare settles into a nap; a night and a day later, bespectacled, sneaker-wearing Tortoise is still plodding along, slow but steady, coaching himself"One step, another step. One step and another" until he takes first place. Meisel's whimsical, uncluttered line drawings fit the format well, bright enough to attract attention and to express action. Larger animal characters sport T-shirts with identifying lettersH for Hare, B for Bearwhile a cheering section of smaller creatures displays banners proclaiming "Yippee" and "Hooray," highlighting the tale with humor. (Picture book. 5-7)
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