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The Great Race

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Selected as one of 100 Books for Reading & Sharing in 2012 by the New York Public Library.

"Though there's no claim that this art style has any relationship to the original tale, it's an apt match. The book designer adapted the work to the printed page, keeping the intense blood red and ebony black. Each double-page spread takes on an exciting life of its own. A note pr
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Tara Books
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Rachael Stein
In this Indonesian take on the K11.1 folktale motif (Race won by deception: relative helpers), Kanchil the mouse deer challenges all of the animals of the forest to a race. Only Pelan the snail accepts his challenge. With the help of his twin brother, Pelan wins the race and teaches Kanchil a lesson in humility.

The illustrations are the true winners in this race. Rendered in the style of the Indonesian sacred art form Mata Ni Pachedi (Cloth of the Mother), the animals whirl across the page in v
The Great Race is very comparable to the rabbit and the hare. It was listed under the Outstanding International Book list. The criteria follows for this award:
Selection criteria include:
•Books that represent the best of childrens literature from other countries
•Books that introduce American readers to outstanding authors and illustrators from other countries
•Books that help American children see the world from other points of view
•Books that provide a perspective or address a topic otherwise mis
Kanchil the mouse deer challenges all the animals in the forest to a race. Only Pelan the snail takes him up on the offer. Expecting an easy victory, Kanchil is shocked when the snail beats him at not just one but two races. The trickster twist is that Pelan is a twin and he and his brother worked together to teach Kanchil a lesson.

Recommended for students in kindergarten through grade 2, this is a great Indonesian trickster tail and offers a different cultural spin from most of the trickster t
How do you win against impossibility? You use your brain. Sometimes that means cheating, and that's OK.
Jeanne Williams
An Indonesian trickster tale coupled with Gujarati style illustrations. The match is very effective. Just three colors in the detailed and stylized illustrations--red, black, and ecru. As one reviewer has already said, this is a combination of the tortoise and the hare and a trickster tale. Text placement and use of special fonts add to the visual appeal. A great addition to multicultural folklore.
Karen Arendt
This story is part Tortoise and the Hare and part Trickster. This is an Indonesian tale about a deer who challenges any animal in the forest to a race, convinced he can beat everyone. The trick is on him, hoever, when the snail that challenges him wins not once, but twice.
Debbie Graham
Although I am not sure if the race was truly won "fair and square" it is good for discussion. Pictures are amazing and "make" the story.
Familiar tale- the Indonesian tortoise/hare race. I liked the illustrations. They were unique and interesting.
Sarah Batchelder
The artwork is exquisite and the story is quite fun.
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