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The Hare and the Tortoise (Usborne First Reading: Level 4)
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on 7 June 2015
because of the picture I bought this book in error thinking it was a grown up story by the same name I now know that this is not the case but been new to this I did not know this. The book I got was just as amazing and I truely love it but have learnt a lesson.
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on 15 June 2017
Lovely book
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on 7 June 2015
An old story with beautiful illustrations a pleasure to own.
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on 8 November 2017
Great story
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on 4 April 2014
This is a poor retelling of the traditional fable of the tortoise and the hare. It underwhelms both me and my 3 year-old. The writing style is not the best, and the story feels as though someone rushed out another book to meet deadlines. The pictures are good, not excellent, and overall this book is the least read book in our library.
It is a cheap book though, so it is worth trying; you might enjoy it more than we did.
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on 6 September 2014
I've been searching for a good version of this fable to introduce to my son.

We both loved this. I flicked through it first - while it looks lengthy there's not too much text on a page. For a non-reader it worked well. The simple story was fleshed out to include two postal workers - one a speedy delivery hare, Harry, one a ponderous office worker, Tom, a tortoise. A race is somehow on the cards and the inevitable winner and moral results.

There are speech bubbles throughout, lots of charming animals. We liked the fact that there are names giving the fable a good hook as a story. There is a big build up to the race and it's very clear that showing off, over-preparation and speed aren't always the way to win.

My son realised by himself that being fast isn't always a good thing, and we enjoyed reading this together. Good for early readers and toddlers aged 2-5.
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on 17 February 2009
for the Usborne First Reading series of books.

USBORNE FIRST READING is graded into FOUR levels and this particular book is: LEVEL FOUR.

From the back cover:-

'Harry Hare loves running - and he loves talking about it too.
When he suggests a race, nobody expects Tom Tortoise to take up the challenge.
Does Tom really think he can beat the fastest hare in history?'

Colourful and durable hard-board covers open to 48 high quality shiny pages in the popular 2-page spread format.
Numbered pages, complete with royal blue bookmark to keep your place!
Vivid illustrations throughout, from Daniel Howarth, which are further enhanced by meaningful facial expressions.
Clear text, enhanced by speech bubbles, in places.

Example of text:-

'Harry Hare loved running more than anything in the world.

Every morning, he woke up and went for a run.
Then he ran to work, ran around all day, and ran home.

Everyone said he was the fastest hare around - maybe the fastest in history.
Harry was sure of it.

Tom Tortoise worked with Harry.
All day long, he heard Harry boasting.
He didn't think Harry was so special......'

And Harry Hare is a rather naughty in regularly criticizing the speed of Tom Tortoise and, one day, it happens just once too often.
Much to everyone's amazement, and some amusement, the boastful hare IS taken up on his challenge to "a RACE" by "Tommy Slowcoach"!
The forthcoming "event" makes it into the newspapers......and even appears on TV..........as things hot up for the following Saturday......

......however, things don't turn out quite as planned, as we find out at the end of this delightful, fast-paced version of the classic tale!

From pages 44-48 'About this story:-

"The Hare and the Tortoise" is one of Aesop's fables, a collection of stories first told in Ancient Greece around 4,000 years ago......'
The stories are often about animals and they always have a "moral" (a message or lesson) at the end........'

Other titles from LEVEL FOUR include:-

Percy and the Pirates
The Ugly Duckling
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
Princess Polly and the Pony
Little Red Riding Hood
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on 16 February 2009
for the Usborne First Reading series of books.

USBORNE FIRST READING is graded into FOUR levels and this particular book is: LEVEL FOUR.

From the back cover:-

'Harry Hare loves running - and he loves talking about it too.
When he suggests a race, nobody expects Tom Tortoise to take up the challenge.
Does Tom really think he can beat the fastest hare in history?'

Colourful and durable hard-board covers open to 48 high quality shiny pages in the popular 2-page spread format.
Numbered pages, complete with royal blue bookmark to keep your place!
Vivid illustrations throughout, from Daniel Howarth, which are further enhanced by meaningful facial expressions.
Clear text, enhanced by speech bubbles, in places.

Example of text:-

'Harry Hare loved running more than anything in the world.

Every morning, he woke up and went for a run.
Then he ran to work, ran around all day, and ran home.

Everyone said he was the fastest hare around - maybe the fastest in history.
Harry was sure of it.

Tom Tortoise worked with Harry.
All day long, he heard Harry boasting.
He didn't think Harry was so special......'

And Harry Hare is a rather naughty in regularly criticizing the speed of Tom Tortoise and, one day, it happens just once too often.
Much to everyone's amazement, and some amusement, the boastful hare IS taken up on his challenge to "a RACE" by "Tommy Slowcoach"!
The forthcoming "event" makes it into the newspapers......and even appears on TV..........as things hot up for the following Saturday......

......however, things don't turn out quite as planned, as we find out at the end of this delightful, fast-paced version of the classic tale!

From pages 44-48 'About this story:-

"The Hare and the Tortoise" is one of Aesop's fables, a collection of stories first told in Ancient Greece around 4,000 years ago......'
The stories are often about animals and they always have a "moral" (a message or lesson) at the end........'

Other titles from LEVEL FOUR include:-

Percy and the Pirates
The Ugly Duckling
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
Princess Polly and the Pony
Little Red Riding Hood
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on 13 November 2013
I bought this book for my class (aged 5-7 years old) as I wanted to cover the original Hare and Tortoise fable through a book… I found this inappropriate for my teaching as it would have encouraged sarcasm - not welcome in any room!
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on 8 December 2013
I only came across this by chance but I'm glad I bought it for my Kindle. I enjoyed it as much as our three year-old. Beautiful illustrations and information; a perfect, friendly introduction to non-fiction prose.
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