The Big Race
. Scholastic . NY ,
PZ8.2.H432 Bi 1997 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A street vendor had a pack of seven little books, including these two. When he wanted to sell all of them to me because of my interest in two, I balked. I think he ended up throwing in the rest for an extra $.50. This is a highly unusual telling of the fable, presenting five races: cross-country, lake, downhill, bug-catching, and up a tree! Baby T, the tortoise, wins the second and fourth and jumps on the back of Pat, the rabbit, for the third. Both refuse to do #5 and both are given first prize by the crow referee. Moral: All is well that ends well. I think word recognition may have been more operative here than story sense! Black-and-purple art throughout this small pamphlet.