The Hare's Race
. William Morrow and Company . NY ,
PZ7.B3275 Har 1976 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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There are a number of twists on TH here. The mole thought of the famous race and so suggested to hare a fair race for ten meters: You run, I dig. Hare thought it would take mole forever to dig through ten meters. He ran to a cabbage field and made a whole cabbage into a holey one. Fox, badger, and crow mark the mole's progress meter by meter--thus helping young readers learn to count to ten. Next hare thought he had time enough for a snooze and immediately fell asleep with his eyes open. At three meters, hare jumped onto a tractor and rode into town with it! At four meters, he got his moustache trimmed by the barber in town! At five, he rode on the merry-go-found at the fairgrounds. At six, he nibbled a turnip at the vegetable market. At seven, a gigantic dog chased him. At eight, the dog, whom he had led into a brook, splashed out of it, and the hare's ears whirled so furiously that he was lifted into the air. He got back to the starting line, but then faced having to jump one molehill after another. The biggest surprise comes at the end when the triumphant mole hears the hare's retort: Of course you were first. Only tell me, what did you get out of it? You scratched and scraped, but I really had some fun! Translated from Hasenwettlauf, aber ehrlich ©1975 K. Thienemanns Verlag, Stuttgart. There is a 3/4 tear in the front of the dj.