The Tortoise and the Hare Race Again
. Holiday House . NY ,
PZ8.2.B4565 Tor 2006 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is the paperback version of a great book I was given two years ago. I will include my comments from there. Even his mother mocks the hare for having lost to the tortoise--by a hair as the text says. Since that day, none of the rabbits have had nice things to say to the hare. Even Hare E. Podder, the oldest slowest rabbit in the village, believed HE could have won The Great Race. The tortoise has had his own problems since that day, despite writing My Hare-Racing Experience. Both runners want a rematch. The hare shows up for the race wearing a necklace of clocks, including of course alarm-clocks. When the hare naps again--twice this time--the tortoise is ready. He climbs into his motorized bunny-suit he has in his backpack. He roars to the finish line as the hare, and then quickly retires from the action. After the race, the hare, who cannot remember winning and who actually slept until the next noon, declares that it was not just a hare they saw out there in the race. That was a MACHINE! As the last page nicely declares, The hare never found out how right he was. Fun! The illustrations fit the light-hearted tone of this book. Good word-play. Good imagination!