Book Review: The Hare and the Tortoise

Rating: ★★★★☆

This is a well-told rendition of Aesop’s fable about The Hare and the Tortoise, based on the poetic version written by Jean de La Fontaine.  In this story, a tortoise challenges a hare to a foot race, and because he patiently and persistently walks to the finish line, while the hare stops to eat and take a nap, the tortoise wins the race.

Wildsmith’s paintings are colorful and busy with detail, and his unusual use of perspective renders this story quite pleasing in its visual aspect.  The tension builds pleasingly to the surprise ending.

In selecting stories for children I try to minimize those with explicit moral lessons like this; but Aesop’s Fables are so important in Western literature, and this one in particular is so well-known, that it is very nice to have a well-illustrated version.

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Publication Information: Wildsmith, Brian. Hare and the Tortoise, The. Aesop (Original). La Fontaine, Jean (Poetic Version). Oxford University Press. 1967. ISBN: 0192723987.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04, Books That Build Character
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Posted on June 8, 2009

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