The Really Groovy Story of the Tortoise and the Hare
. Albert Whitman & Company . Chicago, Ill.
PZ8.2.C8858 Re 2011 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is another large-format children's book that announces its zest with its catchy title. The book sustains the energy. The text is rhyming rap. Deep inside the city/ was a hip and happy hare./ He was zippy, sometimes lippy,/ takin' taxis everywhere. The hare is plugged in and turned on. Way out in the country/ was a tortoise calm and cool./ He was quite the mellow fellow/ chillin' out beside the pool. The illustration has the tortoise floating on his back in a pool, with a drink perched on his chest and a butterfly sitting on his nose. Tortoise and hare literally bump into each other at the county fair. Tortoise suggests a race. The crowd at the starting line features pigs, sheep, and chickens. Hare declares I really hate to beat you but I must. Hare stops for a picnic lunch under a tree. Hare even presents a rock concert. This event is labeled groovy. Was it only in his dreams? Several animals have cameras at the finish-line. As hare comes skidding in at the finish, tortoise pops his head out of the shell and wins by a nose. 'That was Groovy! That was Fun!' Hare said, 'Dude, I shoulda' won.' Now they are two buddies out in the country racing in the pool, where the tortoise says I really hate to beat you but I must and the hare urges him to chill out. The illustrations are engaging and lively throughout. The book's Chicago pride comes out in the first illustration, where the hare's cab has a punning O'Hare Airport sign.