The Hare and the Tortoise Based on a Story by Aesop
. EDC Publishing , Usborne Publishing Ltd. . London ,
PZ8.2.M335 Har 2007 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is my first find in a series of -- apparently -- sixteen First Reading books by Usborne including three fables. All sixteen are pictured on the endpapers. I have ordered TMCM and GGE from the same series. This is a sturdy book, about 8 x 5, containing 48 pages. This telling highlights Harry Hare's ugly boasting. He is a delivery man by trade. He trains hard for the race; in fact, his over-training seems to lead to his tiredness along the way. He actually decides to have a nap in this version. The book seems to me typical of Usborne in the charming way Howarth fills out each picture with small animals going about their various tasks. Good examples include the hedgehog accountant on 10 and 11, the weasel (?) announcer perched in a tree branch on 27, and the skateboarding mouse on 35. Pages 44-46 give a short introduction to fables.