Thursday, November 20, 2008
THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE
Retold and illustrated by Brian Wildsmith
In this retelling of the classic fable, "The Hare and the Tortoise," the persistent tortoise challenges the ever careless hare to a race. The hare believes himself to be much more clever than the tortoise and agrees to the race. Over the hill, through the hedge, along the carrot field and finally to the old cart they agree. Many animals came to watch. They cheered the tortoise on. He took a slow and steady pace while the hare was fast and unpredictable. As the ending may be obvious, you'll find yourselves cheering with the rest of the characters in anticipation, too. Brian Wildsmith who adapted this fable also did the illustrations. He used all the colors of the rainbow to give a very unique feel to the story. I love the freedom in the abstracts used along with the details given to outline each character. This is illustrating at it's best. There are many versions of this great old fable. Share and enjoy at least one of them with your listening audience.
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