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The Tortoise or the Hare

3.08  ·  Rating Details ·  61 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Everyone knows that in the story of the Tortoise and the Hare the slow and steady tortoise wins always wins. Or does he? In this energetic retelling Hare wins but the Tortoise has the story to tell. So you decide, what makes a winner?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Toni and Slade Morrison's version of the classic Tortoise and the Hare is sure to be a winner among children. The Tortoise is incredibly clever and not only outsmarts the Hare but outsmarts the entire town. The Hare is remarkably fast and is able to put on a show for his supporters by doing tricks with no need for a nap. Even better, the pair realizes that they are both winners and become friends.

Cepeda's illustrations use deep, bold colors and detailed brush strokes to show the movement and qui
Caroline Shields
Title: The Tortoise or the Hare
Author: Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison
Illustrator: Joe Cepeda
Genre: Fable,
Theme(s): Competition, Friendship
Opening line/sentence: “Jimi Hare couldn’t help himself.”
Brief Book Summary: Jimi Hare is fast and runs alone while Jamey Tortoise is smart and studies alone. When they both sign up for a big race that comes into two, they both use their strengths to their advantage. In the end, friendship is more important than the competition.
Professional Recommendation
James Son
Oct 21, 2014 James Son rated it it was ok
This story starts off with introducing two characters. Jimi Hare was a hare that was super fast. Nobody knew why he was fast, but everybody knew he was the fastest. Everybody disliked him, because he would always win, and brag too much. Then there was Jamey Tortoise. He was a tortoise that was super smart. Same with Jimi, nobody knew why Jamey was so smart, but everybody knew he was the smartest. Everybody disliked him, because he was too smart. One day, there was a race. Both Jimi Hare and Jame ...more
Oct 16, 2016 RLL22016DebraKelly rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional, tales
This is a wonderful book for children K-4 It talks about competition and friendship.
The Tortoise or the Hare is a spin off from the original book the Tortoise and the Hare. In this book the Tortoise is still the fastest runner in town and the Hare is the smartest and wisest in town. One day the newspaper announced a contest and the winner of the race who receive a golden crown. The Tortoise and the Hare both signed up. The Hare practice and exercise while the Tortoise strategize his plan. Both
Jun 17, 2014 Erin rated it liked it
This is a different telling of the classic Tortoise and Hare tale. The tortoise is known for being the smartest animal out there. He's always right, so no one will be his friend. The hare is known for being the fastest animal out there. He always wins, so no one will be his friend. At the end of the race, the hare finishes first and the tortoise finishes second. The reporter, knowing the classic tale so well, printed the headline: "Winner Loses! Loser Wins!" The hare has the trophy, but the tort ...more
Jan 13, 2011 Deborah rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
"I know 'race' means 'fast' and 'win' means 'first.' But what story pleases your readers the most: the winner who loses or the loser who wins?" It's a question that figures behind this version of the fable we all know. It's a story about expectations and, although I thought the last page was a little didactic, I enjoyed the twists along the way.
Nancy Jo Lambert
This book is fine. I just think that the way the author has written it, the message will not be clear to kids. Also, at the end, I felt that the tortoise and the hare were quite suddenly friends, and that that element of the story did not go with the rest of it.

Also, the whole part about the reporter and the headline, that is all a little abstract for young kids.
Jul 03, 2010 Bruce rated it it was amazing
Slade Morrison and his mother continue their series of picture books confounding Aesop and rewriting the fables with new morals. In this tale the speedy hare and the studious tortoise work together to produce an event in which they both win. Joe Cepeda’s brilliant animal caricatures in oil with their ever changing, contrasting backgrounds speed this clever tale along.
An interesting spin on the classic Tortoise and the Hare fable. I am not sure that children will understand the outcome of the race at first.
I would not use this as a read aloud. There are much better versions of the hare and tortoise story.
Nov 14, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
I'm not sure that this fable needed another reinterpretation, and I found the final message as murky as the muddy illustrations.
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Toni Morrison (born Chloe Anthony Wofford), is an American author, editor, and professor who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature for being an author "who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality."

Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed African American characters; among the best k
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