PreS-Gr 3-As in other versions of this classic fable, Hare is confident about his speed and is certain of his victory in the race against a turtle. However, in this retelling, the winner gains rights to a field full of cabbages, and the spectators immediately sympathize with the kindly Muggs, whose initial suggestion to share was scorned by the greedy, rude hare. It is the turtle's very kindness that costs her the race; she stops to help her friends along the way instead of concentrating on overtaking her sleeping foe. But the joke is on Hare when the clever turtle challenges him to yet another race, only to arrive "home" in her shell before the selfish hare takes off. The chalk-on-oil illustrations provide green backgrounds in the meadows, forests, and cabbages for the brown Hare and turtle. Although there are many variations of this tale, this one strikes such a nice balance between expressive illustrations and a read-aloud text with a slight twist.-Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.