The race is onthe race, quick as lightning, against the tortoise, who not only moves slowly but carries his entire house on his back. Off they go. In a flash, the hare is yards away, flying over the grass. The tortoise has barely moved. Does he have any chance of winning?
(paperback reissue of ISBN 0-19-272126-7)
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Wildsmith, Brian. The Hare and the Tortoise. (1966). London: Oxford University Press.In this retelling of the familiar fable the hare thinks he is more clever than the tortoise, who moves slowly and carries his house on his back. The tortoise disagrees and challenges him to a race over the hill, through the hedge, along the carrot field, and to the old cart. The hare laughs at him but agrees to the race. As news of the race spreads, the animals and birds come to watch. When the race starts, the tortoise moves slowly, and the hare practically flies, he is so fast. As the tortoise plods along, the hare stops to nibble here and there along the way and falls asleep. He wakes up just as the tortoise nears the cart, but he can¿t catch up, and the tortoise wins. The tortoise explains to the animals how he won the race in his slow and steady way and beat the quick and careless hare.This book will appeal to young elementary students. The wording is simple and clear and the plot is simple too. The illustrations are drawn in soft colors and are charming. They reflect the action in the story. What¿s unique about this book ii is written simply and clearly but is still detail and descriptive enough to help young readers see the fields and see the animals in their mind as they read along.