The Hare and the Tortoise, Paperback Book
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'I am sure to win, but we will race if you like.' So laughs the hare when a slow tortoise challenges him to run all the way to the old cart.

His speed is never in doubt but perhaps it is the hare's boastfulness that should make us question the likely outcome of the race?

The simple message of this La Fontaine fable - that modesty and perseverance will always be rewarded - is gloriously told in this lovely picture book from Brian Wildsmith, an internationally acclaimed writer and artist for children.

His simple words and sumptuous illustrations bring a freshness to this timeless fable and the stunning new cover design and imaginative interior typography will delight a whole new generation of young Wildsmith fans.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, in full colour
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9780192727084

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Characters: Hare, tortoiseSetting: In the forestTheme: Modesty, diligence, and persistence produce successful end results.Motif: Unwise antagonist Summary: The Hare and the tortoise are on a race. In the beginning, the hare seems invincible. However his boastfulness leads him to think that a little nap will not hurt him in the race that already has a winner, the hare. Little did he know that ever persistent tortoise has already won the race by the time the hare woke up.Review: Regardless of age, students procrastinate. They leave their homework assignments or preparing for exams until the last minute. This fable can teach the consequence of procrastinating as well as the importance of modesty, diligence, and persistence in tasks. Also, students can learn from how tortoise challenged what the world perceived as a losing game for him and still treated it with positive attitude. Students, and adults likewise, prefer shortcuts to avoid challenges. But sometimes in life challenging themselves can take them to a higher level, whether it is in life, society, or community. Also, I liked how the illustrations were subjective and enigmatic.Curriculum ties: Health (decision making)