Another Tortoise And A Different Hare
Dun, Anke van
. Treasure Chest Publications . Tucson, Ariz.
PZ7.C67348 An 1993 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a 32-page large-format (slightly more than 8½ x 11) book presenting an updated version of TH. A reader notices immediately that unusual desert fauna and flora are labelled here. A tortoise and a hare meet in the desert. Soon both tortoise and hare are mentioning that their grandfathers had a race with, respectively, a hare and a tortoise. The hare proposes to run the race again. Along the way in the race, the hare visits, snacks, and rests. When she awakens, she hurts herself trying to look at the finish-line from some rocks a long way away. Afraid as she faces night, the hare cries out. The tortoise hears her cries and turns back to help her. In the end, the hare rides on the tortoise's back and then limps along beside him. When a menacing coyote appears, the hare runs away--but then hops back to help the tortoise by distracting the coyote. The two go down together to the stream. The two look back on the day, and each says You would have won if you had not come back for me. Unlike their grandfathers, these two are both winners and now friends. While the desert fauna and flora are vividly presented in caring watercolors, the story-illustrations seem predictable.