The Tortoise and the Hare
. Advance Publishing . Edmonton, Alta ,
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PZ8.S4187 To 2014 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The back cover advertises this and the other books of this series as award-winning motivational character-building picture books. The overall series, Sommer-Time Story Series, has won over forty national awards. The front cover promises fun but mentions also perseverance, self-discipline, and diligence. This version of the story is again well thought through. All the forest animals are fed up with Harry Hare's boasting. Perplexed, they go to Mr. Wise Owl, who declares that there will have to be a race to stop Harry's boasting. All agree. When, however, individuals are asked to race Harry, they decline, down to the last individual, Teddy Tortoise. If no one else will, then I am willing to try my best to race Harry Hare (9). All the animals expect that this race will only make Harry a worse boaster. Harry eats junk food and stays up late the night before the race, while Teddy eats meat and vegetables and goes to bed early. Harry sees carrots along the way and stuffs himself with them. He tires quickly. The best combination of pictures shows Harry first leaning up against a tree (20) but then (22) sleeping on his side as Teddy Tortoise goes by. Harry awakens and rallies for a close finish. In spite of hard times, always do your best and never give up (32). This particular series, Sommer-Time Story Classics, contains some twelve fable books. This library edition has a cloth reinforced binding and is very sturdy. There are also video and read-along versions of these books with sound effects, and there are free online helps too.