Bibliographic Information: Stevens, J. (1984). The tortoise and the hare. New York, NY: Holiday House.
Brief Annotation: This retelling of Aesop’s classic fable takes the time to add dimensionality to the fast but arrogant hare, and the serene and determined tortoise.
Genre: Fable (Folklore)
Grade Level: PreK-3rd
Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy folklore; readers who enjoy stories with a moral; readers who fell marginalized due to a perceived lack of ability.
Rating/Response: 4; I enjoyed that this book was written to be read by early readers, and the illustrations were nice. It was nothing surprising, but also not bad. I like that the author added an additional layer to the story that would allow students to approach the moral in different ways. The hare is a bit of a bully, but the tortoise has a strong group of friends who support and encourage him. Thus, the story could be used not only to illustrate the virtues of perseverance, but of friendship.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever heard somebody say, “Slow and steady wins the race?” Why do you think people say that?