The Tortoise and the Hare
. Sandle's . London
PZ8.2.T676 1960 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is a large-format pamphlet that reproduces the fable part of a Dutch version, De Schildpad en de Haas, for which I have guessed a publication year of 1960. As I mention there, it features delightful children's art, especially for the early views of an angry and exhausted turtle. I cannot say whether the English version is the same as the long Dutch prose story, but at least having this English text helps now to make sense of the pictures and to answer the questions I had then about what seemed an unusual presentation of the story. In this English version, there are two tortoises. The disrobed victor turtle who enjoys relaxing on top of his shell is not really yet a victor. It is, as this version makes clear, another tortoise who looked exactly like Tubby. He appears along the route. Thus a part of an element from another fable, usually told between a hare and a porcupine, shows up here; there many porcupines are used to confuse the hare, while one substitute appears here. In this version, Horace the hare thought If slow old Tubby has time to rest then I will, too! And so he went to sleep. Several illustrations from the fuller Dutch version are skipped here. As I suggest, they may complicate the story further.