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The Hare and the Tortoise (Fairy Tale Classics)

Press: Troll Communications (January 26, 2001)
Publication Date:2001-1
ISBN:9780893754693
Author Name:Aesop,Arthur Friedman
Language:English

Content

A lively and refreshing retelling of this traditional tale of the fast hare and the slow tortoise. 
This edition has beautiful and detailed full colour ink and watercolour illustrations by Carol Jones, as well as small sepia and black line character drawings adding to the text on each right hand page.
Children love the peephole, which adds another dimension to the storytelling.

From Booklist

Ages 5^-8. 
In this traditional retelling, a cocky rabbit challenges a plodding but persevering turtle to a foot race, which the rabbit loses through his own carelessness.
In true storytelling fashion, Jones extends this usually succinct fable into a full-length picture-book presentation with the addition of minutiae as well as peripheral characters and events.
The cluttered pen-and-ink with watercolor illustrations (reminiscent of the style of Peter Spier) perfectly complement the text, offering young listeners much to ponder.
What sets this apart from other versions is Jones' use of peepholes--cut-out circles in the center of alternating pages that allow readers to keep both hare and tortoise in view at all times.
The book will work best with primary-grade children already familiar with the story, who will enjoy poring over the visual details.
Kay Weisman

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

The hare is the biggest braggart in the forest. 
He exercises every day, he can outrun anyone, and everyone's just plain sick of him.
When he rashly challenges the tortoise to a race, the tortoise decides to teach him a lesson.
The old fable is spiced up with psychological details, and tied into a bustling social setting.
The airy watercolor-and-ink illustrations look disheveled, and readers will need time to pore over the motley variety of forest creatures.
The animals are all elaborately dressed--some in running gear or jeans and sweaters, others in Victorian clothes or the outfits of French peasants.
A peephole in the middle of every other page--through which readers see the central character in the next or the previous illustration- -adds to the excitement.
Jones (Hickory Dickory Dock, 1992, etc.) provides a sophisticated orchestration of a simple tune.
(Picture book/folklore.
4-8) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP.
All rights reserved.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"In true storytelling fashion, Jones extends this usually succinct fable into a full-length picture-book presentation . 
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The cluttered pen-and-ink watercolor illustrations perfectly complement the text, offering young listeners much to ponder." Booklist, ALA

Language Notes

Text: English (translation) Original Language: Greek

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Carol Jones has taught illustration and design. 
The nursery rhymes and fables she has retold include Old MacDonald had a Farm published by World in January 1996 and Hickory Dickory Dock published by World in December 1995.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Tags

Children's Books,Classics,Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths,Literature & Fiction

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Comment List (Total:3)

  •     At first, the hare is not as inconsiderate and boastful, nor the tortoise quite as virtuous as Jones might have us believe in her version of the fable. In fact, I thought this might become a parody of the moral about the race not always going to the swiftest (maybe the fitter hare might win for once). However, the two animals take their customary roles after this initial originality. It's the familiar tale after all, with some reworking of the pieces.Illustrations are quirkily interesting, colorful though not vibrant, and a bit too cluttered. Jones shows a deft narrative touch when she describes the other animals helping Tortoise ("A family of frogs jumped into their pond and splashed water all over Tortoise to cool him down."), and she pulls off an exciting finish line.Neatly cut holes in the center of each page (the pages resemble a collection of old 45 vinyl sleeves) reveal the center of the facing illustration. This is a nice, slightly updated rendering of the fable that younger kids will especially enjoy, but it's not as satisfying as it might have been.

  •     I was delighted when I found this delightful version of The Tortoise and the Hare. I needed it for a premium for a seminar. It came on time but on the inside first page was written in ink: To Boubi from Bobby.Though I used it, I apologized to the crowd: "Sorry, I paid a too much for this new book, but Amazon sent me a used book"!

  •     Book was needed for my daughters college class.Recieved the book very promptly so she could begin the project right away!Was a book that children love to hear as it is a classic. Very colorful illustrations which kept childrens attention.

 

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