BETHANY ROBERTS' EASTER FUN FOR KIDS: Easter Stories
THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE
an Aesop fable
Once upon a time .... there was a hare who boasted he could run faster than anyone else. The hare teased the tortoise for being so slow. "You are such a slowpoke!" he said.
Finally, one day, the tortoise had had enough. He answered back: "Hare, I challenge you to a race!"
"HA!" laughed the hare. "Beaten in a race? By you? Why, I'm so speedy, there's nobody in the world that can win against me."
"We will see," said the tortoise.
A course was planned, and next day at dawn they stood at the starting line. The hare yawned sleepily as the tortoise trudged off. When the hare saw how very slow the tortoise was, he decided to have a quick nap. "Take your time!" he said. "I'll have forty winks and catch up with you in a minute."
The hare woke with a start and looked around for the tortoise. But the tortoise was only a short distance away, having barely covered a third of the course.
"I might as well have breakfast, too!" said the hare. And off he went to munch some cabbages he had noticed in a nearby field. But the heavy meal and the hot sun made him sleepy again. With a glance at the tortoise, now halfway along the course, he decided to have another snooze before flashing past the winning post. Soon he fell fast asleep and was snoring happily. The sun started to sink below the horizon, and the tortoise, who had been plodding towards the winning post since morning, was scarcely a yard from the finish.
At that very point, the hare woke with a jolt. He could see the tortoise a speck in the distance and away he dashed. He leaped and bounded at a great rate, gasping for breath. Just a little more and he'd be first at the finish. But the hare's last leap was just too late, for the tortoise had beaten him to the winning post. Tired and in disgrace, the hare slumped down beside the tortoise.
"Slow and steady wins the race!" said the tortoise with a smile.
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