Are you looking for a fresh retelling of the fable of The Hare and The Tortoise? Look no further. This retelling as a "turnover" book will give young readers a new way to look at the fable. Harry Hare is racing fast. His story starts on the right side up of the book. Harry races past England's Big Ben. He passes through the Netherlands. He zips past the leaning tower of Pisa. His nose twitches at the scents of Spain and he gets hot near the pyramids of Egypt. Harry keeps on racing. When he reaches men on stilts in New Guinea, young readers flip the text. Harry continues his journey and passes dragon kites in China, the Parthenon in Greece, and a volcano in Hawaii. Then, just as Harry is sweeping to the finish line in a windstorm in the United States, young readers flip the book again and of course there is Tommy Tortoise who is already at the end. Young readers will enjoy Harry's journey around the world, and will find the flip-over concept brings a breath of fresh air to a classic fable. 2005, Hyperion Books, Ages 3 to 7.
PreS-Gr 2-This slight addition to the body of work based on Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare" features a sassy rabbit that challenges his competitor to a race around the world. Starting from New York City and zigzagging around continents, the hare dashes through 12 countries depicted across the top half of each spread. Then readers turn the book over and continue the whirlwind trip through 11 more locales and back to the Big Apple to begin the competition again. For each nation, an icon or two (kangaroos; pyramids and camels; a Royal Canadian Mountie and a totem pole; tulips and windmills) is featured in the background as the hare whizzes past. Unfortunately, the tortoise is barely seen throughout the contest and his absence from almost all of the scenes gives the impression that the rabbit is racing against himself. With a narrative and endpapers that contain flip, generalized remarks about each country, the book seems more intent on being a travelogue rather than a retelling of the classic tale. Though the electric colors may draw readers to the starting line, the confusing format and weak writing will soon cause them to drop out of the race.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
The creators of the overdressed Alphazeds (2003) follow up with a less fussy, but uninspired remake of the perennially popular "Tortoise and the Hare." This time, legendary designer Milton sends Harry Hare scuttling around the world to each continent (the route is mapped out on the endpapers), past simply composed landscapes on which recognizable sights or landmarks-from leaping kangaroos, Chinese kites and Brazilian samba dancers to the leaning tower of Pisa and the Statue of Liberty-are visible. It's all about sightseeing; Harry's rival, Tommy Tortoise, barely even puts in an appearance, and the actual point of the original fable has been lost. As the pages are split lengthwise into two frames running in opposite directions, signs on the first and last pages invite viewers to keep Harry Hare's journey going by turning the volume over. Unlike the similar conceit in Ann Jonas's Round Trip (1983), however, Glaser creates no connection between the top and bottom scenes-and the round-the-world idea has been better done too, in Carolyn Repchuk's The Race, illus by Alison Jay (2002). For collectors of celebrity crossovers. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)