The Hare and the Tortoise
. Pan Books and Macmillan Education Publishers . London
PE1119.A75 1989 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This 32-page pamphlet is for readers of age 4 to 5+. Biro's art on the cover and in the fable itself is unmistakeable. The frame-story pictures of a father and his two children I guess to be the work of Kenyon. Everything in the family portion of this booklet is dialogue, and so every statement appears both in prose at the bottom of the page and in balloons emanating from characters in the illustrations. In this version of the fable, Hare provokes the bet by asking Tortoise if he would like some cabbages. The race will end there. On the way, Hare finds himself thirsty in the hot sun, and so goes off to refresh himself with a drink from a pond. Then he feels tired in that hot sun and decides on a little sleep (20). At sundown, when Hare finally arrives at the cabbage patch, he asks Tortoise where all the cabbages are. Inside me! answers Tortoise (26). Biro's best picture may be right there. After the story, there are Things to talk about with your children; Looking at pictures and words with your children; and Things for your child to do. This seems to be the only fable among the twenty-four books at six levels that make up the Read Together series. The front cover is creased.