Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Hare and the Tortoise

Hare and the Tortoise
Paul Galdone
McGraw-Hill, 1962

The prologue to this book reads only this...

THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE is one of the most famous of AESOP'S fables. Very little is known about AESOP except that he was born about 620 B.C. and died about 564 B.C. He was a Greek slave of Samos whose master set him free.

I've always loved the fact that Aesop used animals to tell tales of the human condition. His stories are kinda like Bible stories... just told through animals instead of prophets. And Paul Galdone. I am still up in the air about this guy. Some of his pictures are mildly creepy. My son still won't go near Three Little Pigs, and I remember being more than a little freaked out reading his Rumpelstiltskin and Puss in Boots as a child. This one, however, is a big winner at our house, mainly because of the medley of animals that appear, but a favorite none-the-less.

Then said the Tortoise, "Slow and steedy often wins the race."

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Three Fox Fables

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