The Tortoise and the Hare
. Creative Publishing: Transglobal Communications Group . Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
PZ8.2.T679 2004 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is a large square (8) board book with 12 pages. It is perhaps most memorable for its images of the hare with fashionable sunglasses. Here the wolf starts the race with a gun. There is a strange juxtaposition of two perceptions. At the start of the race we read The hare shot off the starting line so fast no one saw him go. Then on the next page we read When the dust cleared, the tortoise was barely two steps ahead of where he had started. 'You'll never win this race!' the hare said as he ran past the tortoise. Wait a minute! If the hare got so far ahead at the start, how does he now pass the tortoise? At the end is a moral some will disagree with: 'It doesn't matter how fast you are, just always do your best,' said the tortoise. Perhaps the best picture in this book is on its back cover: the hare eats a carrot while the tortoise approaches with his walking-stick.