K-Gr 1-In this easy-to-read retelling of Aesop's fable, Turtle rides the bus while Rabbit runs to school. Though the bus makes several stops along the way, allowing Rabbit to get ahead, he decides to stop for a snack, and Turtle arrives first. The smug victor turns to his breathless friend and says, "Let's race tomorrow-I'll give you a head start." The large print, controlled vocabulary, and simple sentences are appropriate for beginning readers. Denise's colorful illustrations and winsome animal schoolchildren reinforce the text. Rabbit is shown bolting down the road with papers, books, and pencils flying out of his backpack while Turtle sits comfortably on the bus drinking juice from his brown-paper lunch sack. A much-loved story, presented in a humorous way.-Joyce Rice, Limestone Creek Elementary School, Jupiter, FL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Floyd and Denise update "The Tortoise and the Hare" for primary readers, captioning each soft-focus, semi-rural scene with a short, simple sentence or two. Rabbit proposes running to school, while his friend Turtle takes the bus: no contest at first, as the bus makes stop after deliberate stop, but because Rabbit pauses at a pushcart for a snack, a fresh-looking Turtle greets his panting, disheveled friend on the school steps. There is no explicit moral, but children will get the pointand go on to enjoy Margery Cuyler's longer and wilder Road Signs: A Harey Race with a Tortoise (p. 957). (Easy reader. 5-7)