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Hurry Up and Slow Down
     

Hurry Up and Slow Down

by Layn Marlow
 

As Hare races through the day, poor Tortoise can barely keep up. But when it's time to bounce into bed, Hare is no longer in such a hurry. Hare loves to linger over every page and picture in their favorite book. After all, some things must not be rushed.

Overview

As Hare races through the day, poor Tortoise can barely keep up. But when it's time to bounce into bed, Hare is no longer in such a hurry. Hare loves to linger over every page and picture in their favorite book. After all, some things must not be rushed.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Hare is, as to be expected, "always in a hurry." Tortoise, as is traditional, is not. He is slow to get going in the morning, to eat his lunch, to play games. As he proceeds through the day on the double pages, however, Hare is constantly urging him to hurry. At bedtime, Tortoise would like to sip a cup of tea in peace. But Hare really, really wants a story. "Just one?" "Oh, please, please, pleeeease?" Tortoise begins to read the words. Now it is Hare's turn to ask him to slow down, to look at the pictures. Tortoise smiles as he says, "Let's read the whole book over again!" The end pages offer a lovely close-up scene of all sorts of plants, insects, a snail, and even a small frog, all going about their peaceful business. The title page looks beyond this setting to the two main characters strolling down a hill. Then Marlow focuses naturalistically on them with few props. Watercolors create very attractive settings for their activities. A mouse and a frog, not mentioned in the text, perk up each scene with their antics. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

This delightful spin-off of "The Tortoise and the Hare" follows a typical day in the lives of these two friends. The story opens with a panoramic spread of them traveling across a hilly landscape. The sentence "Hare is always in a hurry" is on the left, directly above an image of him running in the foreground. Readers' eyes then pan to the opposite page and the sentence "Tortoise, however, is not." Far below these words is a small image of Tortoise, in the distance. Marlow maintains the slow and steady rhythm of Tortoise by describing him with one sentence per page, all the while interjecting impatient comments from Hare in a larger, more playful font. The result is a lively back and forth between the two pals. In the end, though, it is Hare who wants Tortoise to "Hurry up and slow down" when reading aloud a bedtime story; and Tortoise passes a true test of friendship when he puts off drinking his tea, which is getting cold, to suggest that they read the entire book again. The illustrations of Hare, Tortoise, their animal companions, and their environment are rounded and softly colored, creating a comforting world for young children. An endearing story that will no doubt become a bedtime favorite.-Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD

Kirkus Reviews
Slow, deliberate Tortoise seems to spend his day listening to the always-in-a-rush Hare telling him to "Hurry up!" Hare bounds across the stream, while Tortoise takes a more careful approach. At lunch, Hare is ready for dessert before Tortoise has finished his first leaf. But at bedtime the tables are turned. At last Tortoise seems to be doing something too fast for Hare-reading a story. When Hare finally begs him to "Hurry up and slow down!" Tortoise gives up the idea of a leisurely cup of chamomile tea and reads the story over again. Marlow's softly rendered pastel-colored illustrations clearly show the characters' emotions, especially the love between the two as they share a second reading. Her artwork is richly detailed and realistic, while at the same time capturing the sweetness appropriate to a bedtime book. Parents will not miss the intimation that they should emulate Tortoise's bedtime patience-just what the doctor ordered after a hectic day of trying to keep up. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823421787
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
01/15/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
820,515
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Layn Marlow has written many books for children. School Library Journal called her Hurry Up and Slow Down "an endearing story that will no doubt become a bedtime favorite" in a starred review. She lives in England with her husband and their two children.

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