The Tortoise and the Hare
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Jerry Pinkney
ISBN 9780316183567
Little, Brown, 2013.
5 stars
Keywords: aesop animals competition fable jerry-pinkney tortoise-and-hare

The Tortoise and the Hare
by Jerry Pinkney

With a playful buoyancy and minimal words, Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney (The Lion and the Mouse) here tells of another triumphant underdog, this time in the American Southwest.

A dapper hare in a burgundy vest removes a black-and-white checked kerchief to serve as the flag indicating the start and finish lines. (In a clever touch, the final image shows the hare fastening that same scarf around the tortoise's neck, like a good sport.) "On your marks," says the fox, holding the flag. With the word "Go!" the hind legs of the hare disappear off the right-hand side of the double-page spread, as the tortoise, sporting a red kerchief and blue engineer's cap, creeps forward at the left. Butterflies and flowers dot the landscape as the hare stops in a lettuce patch, and the tortoise soldiers on; one wondrous illustration depicts the reptile in a blow-by-blow tumble down a rocky ledge.

This review first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers.
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