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The Two Cars

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In The Two Cars the celebrated husband and wife team of Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire, famous for their illustrated versions of Norse and Greek myths, offer young children a playful modern twist on the ancient fable of the tortoise and the hare.

Two cars sit side by side in the same garage. One is fast, shiny, and ready to go; the other is a comfortable old jalopy, a litt
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by NYR Children's Collection (first published 1955)
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Amanda
Feb 11, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok
The artists style may make sense in other books, but I didn't care for it much in this one. I would have liked for all of the pictures to have color. I also thought that some of the wording was strange a. When the green car was pulled over, and b. when the green car got it's bumper scratched. Given that there wasn't really a driver and the car was personified, I thought the language was weird.

(For my own notes: May want to tell the story in your own words if using during storytime. The story ma
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
What a delightful gem of a book! It's the old fable of the tortoise and the hare told with two cars, one new and one old, in place of the animals. Along the way children also learn about driving safely and some rules of the road. The illustrations really add to the story, especially the expressions on the faces of the cars, the animals watching the "race", and the moon in the sky. I'm so glad the New York Review of Books decided to reprint this old classic. Highly recommended!
Dylan & Belle at LearnPlayFun
Rated and reviewed by Dylan, age 7

My favorite part was where the milk trains passed, because I love trains. The old car wasn't mad that he didn't win because he still proved he was the best car on the road.

My favorite picture was the milk train. It was triple awesome.
Cindi
Jan 18, 2009 Cindi rated it really liked it
This isn't the typical history story book like the other D'Aulaire favorites at our house. This one fits into the "little boy books" category. It's a cute story about "Two Cars" in the vein of the Tortoise and the Hare with a cute twist at the end. Very enjoyable!
Matthew
Sep 24, 2014 Matthew rated it it was amazing
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I was not a fan of this book but my three-year old keeps asking me to read it to him over and over again. He is obsessed with cars.
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Adapted fable of "tortoise and the hare".
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