Zip and Earnest: Video Activity Book
. Prentice Hall ELT . Singapore
PE1128.A2 Z5 1999 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This landscape-formatted eighty-page paperback workbook apparently matches a half-hour video cassette, which I have not yet found. Most pages have eight TV-like panels or cells, with plenty of open space around them. Zip is a lazy hare oversleeping a date with his girlfriend Julie. He turns off his alarm clock, which has an engaging personality. Zip tries to get back into Julie's good graces by humiliating Earnest the tortoise. Fast guys succeed, he says. Julie seems to understand what is going on and promises to marry Zip if he wins. She explains to her mother that Zip's laziness will somehow cost him the race. He threatens Earnest that he will lose both the race and his face. Commentary from various fans and even arguments between them liven the story up nicely. In the end, Earnest waits for Zip and they cross together. The story teaches not only Slow and steady wins the race but also Never tease others. Earnest attends Zip and Julie's wedding. There are exercises on various English language skills after each of the four parts. This workbook is meant for students who have studied two to three years of English. It is second in the series of four, in order of ascending difficulty: after Tim and Harry but before The Ants and the Grasshoppers and The Woodcutter and the Genie. The story makes explicit mention of Aesop's fable at least twice. This is lively work, and I hope I can find all four books and cassettes.