The Tortoise and the Hare
. Creative Publishing: Transglobal Communications Group . Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
PZ8.2.T679 2002 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book is very similar to another square book of the same size which I have catalogued under 2004, two years later than this edition. There are fascinating differences. This book has a cushioned front and back cover. It is labeled on both covers Illustrated Wide Format Edition. What might that wide format be? Both covers identify this volume as Fairy Tales 23. Both front covers feature an apparent start to the race, but they add different things in the background, and the typeface of the title is different. The back covers present different scenes. This copy's pages are regular paper as opposed to the boards that form the pages and covers of that book. This ISBN is 1-55280-736-3. While the cover illustration is the same, several of the illustrations in this book are dropped in that later book. That book has a first pair of pages not found here: the left page has This Book Belongs to: and the right page has a title and a circle of the race's start. That book then jumps into the story with an illustration suggesting the challenge to a race. On the title page spread here, the hare is yawning as the tortoise approaches; he is not yet wearing his signature sunglasses. On the second spread, the sun-glassed hare seems to be skipping by the tortoise. The third spread of pages here is then the first full spread there. While the text there will be set in strong font against a colored background, here it is in standard typeface against a cream background. The text here is not only smaller, but it is also longer. This text does not have the problem of getting the hare started and then later having him pass the tortoise, as the later text will. This hare first quits running and then begins walking and finally goes back to check on the tortoise. He dances around him: this image gives rise to the problem of the later text, since it puts the hare behind the tortoise at one very brief point during the race. This story then presents the hare eating a carrot. This event, not mentioned in the later book, shows up in a confusing image on the back of that later book. A further image of the hare hurrying to catch up is in this edition but not the later one. The moral articulated here by the tortoise is slightly different and slightly less objectionable: It doesn't matter how slow or fast you are, as long as you do your best. At the very least, it is not a run-on sentence! My, the changes that happen in one company's two different editions just two years apart!