Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Alison Murray
Illustrator: Alison Murray
Two competitors, one race course, and one finish line. Hare definitely has the advantage. He’s fast, he can dash, and can rush through meadows. Hare loves to win almost as much as he loves carrots. Tortoise, on the other hand, is not known for his speed, but he’s willing to compete against Hare. The race begins and Hare is off in a flash as Tortoise only starts to move. Hare has a substantial lead but gets distracted by the carrots in the carrot field. He can’t resist having a few carrots and taking a nap. Tortoise keeps on going and passes by the sleeping Hare, crossing the finish line just before Hare.
This story is classic, and the book brings in a whole new atmosphere to it. In the beginning the book sets the stage for this big race. It profiles each competitor while explaining their strengths and weaknesses. Throughout the book, the illustrations are colorful and exciting. The pictures will help keep the young readers engaged and excited as they read. This book could be used to teach hard work, diligence, staying focused, good sportsmanship, and to do your best. Overall this book is is a wonderful spin on a classic tale.