This companion to the Caldecott Medal-winning The Lion & the Mouse is Jerry Pinkney's most stunning masterpiece yet. Even the slowest tortoise can defeat the quickest hare, and even the proudest hare can learn a timeless lesson from the most humble tortoise: Slow and steady wins the race! Here is a superbly rendered journey from starting line to finish that embodies the bravery, perseverance, and humility we can all find inside ourselves.
Jerry Pinkney is one of the most heralded children's book illustrators of all time. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honors and the winner of the 2010 Caldecott medal for The Lion and the Mouse, and has since created two companion picture books: The Tortoise & the Hare and The Grasshopper & the Ants. He has won the Coretta Scott King Award five times, the Coretta Scott King Honor four times, and has been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Award. He was also the first children's book illustrator elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. The artist invites you to visit his website at jerrypinkneystudio.com.
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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
There are many variations of the classic tale of The Tortoise and The Hare, and this version by Jerry Pinkney is one of the most adorable I've seen. Instead of using the words, Pinkney uses his awesome illustrations to tell this story. There is a word or two throughout the book, but the story is mainly told through the delightful paintings. This is no ordinary children’s book; it is hardcover with a nice dust-jacket, and the cover and pages are of very high quality paper.
First of all, the outside of this book is absolutely beautiful; there are really no words to adequately describe these paintings. I love the characters, their unique outfits, the beautiful colors, and the western atmosphere. And even though there are very few words, the pictures themselves tell the story. I'd choose this book for little ones not old enough to read, because they can let their imaginations soar as they make up the story to go with the illustrations they are looking at.
The adorable tortoise and hare and the subdued colors are wonderful to look at, and any child would grab this book off the bookshelves. This is an awesome addition to your child’s library, or would be really nice for your home school child or a school library. I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy, and suggest this book for your school or local library. You just can’t go wrong with Jerry Pinkney’s version of The Tortoise and the Hare.
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