The Tortoise and the Hare: An Aesop Fable

The Tortoise and the Hare: An Aesop Fable

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by Janet Stevens

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Tortoise proves he is a formidable opponent in this comic adaptation of a classic tale.


Tortoise proves he is a formidable opponent in this comic adaptation of a classic tale.

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The 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 letters—H for Hare, B for Bear—while 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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Holiday House, Inc.
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8.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Janet Stevens is a nationally known, award-winning illustrator. She explains, “When I was a child I was not particularly good at art, but I liked it. The more drawing I did, the better I got. When you like to do something, you practice more – and you usually improve. Now I draw almost every day in my studio and I’m still working at trying to make my art better.

The youngest of three children, Janet was born in Dallas, Texas. Her father was in the Navy, and she moved many times as a child. Now she lives in Colorado with her husband, two dogs and two cats; her two children, Lindsey and Blake, are grown -- Lindsey is in her 2nd year at veterinary school, and Blake is an actor in New York City.

Janet loves drawing animals in human situations. In From Pictures to Words: A Book About Making a Book, she uses animal characters to describe the creative process of making books from a collection of ideas. It is an excellent guide for those interested in creating stories and a favorite of young and old(er) alike who make books.

Janet is particularly proud of her awards voted on by children, “her” audience. Her books have won many state children’s book awards, including Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Utah and Washington.

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The Tortoise and the Hare 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BB422 More than 1 year ago
I wanted to share this fable with my 21 month old granddaughter. I looked at a lot of different books until I found this one. It is a little advanced for her age, but she'll grow into it. It is true to the tale I grew up with, colorful and beautifully illustrated.