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PreS-Gr 3–Following up on his superb rendition of The Lion & the Mouse (Little, Brown, 2009), Pinkney has created yet another stunning interpretation of a classic tale in this virtually wordless picture book. Endpapers establish the desert setting with a map of the course through the cacti and rocky region of the American Southwest. Tortoise and Hare, each sporting a bandana, are joined by their animal friends at the starting line for the famous race. Fox in his broad-brimmed hat gives them their marks, gets them set, and off they go as Hare bounds away, leaving Tortoise behind in a trail of dust. Pinkney uses watercolor, colored pencil, and pastel paintings to create vibrant characters that are in colorful contrast to the tans and natural browns of the desert. Long horizontal lines and Hare leaping off the page propel the story–and the race–ever forward. The limited text, used sparingly but extremely effectively, reinforces the theme of the story–that the journey is as important as the ultimate goal–and builds one word at a time: “slow,” “slow and,” “slow and steady” until finally the race is won to the cheers and high-fives of the supportive spectators. Pinkney takes care to show Tortoise overcoming challenges and Hare demonstrating good sportsmanship and healthy competition. An artist's note explains the creative process and motivation for retelling the well-known tale. This spectacular success is certain to become a classic in its own right.–Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* After his Caldecott triumph with The Lion & the Mouse (2009), Pinkney returns to Aesop for inspiration, this time setting the familiar story in the American Southwest. The endpapers indicate the race route around a cacti-laden barnyard, and the title page shows our titular competitors setting the challenge, before taking off, cheered on by a group of avid animal spectators. The fable plays out as expected, and Pinkney alternates the action between the tortoise’s diligence and the hare’s overconfidence. To mark the tortoise’s progress, Pinkney unveils the moral of the story cumulatively, beginning with just the word slow and adding another word to the phrase at each milestone, until, at contest’s end, the entire phrase “slow and steady wins the race” celebrates the tortoise’s victory. The tortoise sports an engineer’s cap and kerchief; the hare, a checkered vest; and most of the other animals, a variety of town and country clothing, adding a note of homespun vibrancy to Pinkney’s elegant watercolor paintings. Adjacent to an informative artist’s note, we see the hare tying a checkered flag about the tortoise’s neck, and the final endpapers depict a victory party. The tortoise may have won the race, but the real winner here is the listening and viewing audience. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Pinkney took home the Caldecott Medal for The Lion & the Mouse, so expect lots of buzz about this companion picture book. Preschool-Grade 3. --Thom Barthelmess
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316183563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316183567
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A native of Philadelphia, Jerry studied at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) where, in 1992 he received the Alumni Award. He has been illustrating children's books since 1964, illustrating over one hundred titles, and earned the Caldecott Medal for his nearly wordless picture book The Lion & the Mouse in 2010. Among his many other accolades he has also been the recipient of five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards and four Coretta Scott King Honors, five New York Times Best Illustrated Book awards, and in 2006 the Original Art's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators, New York, NY.
In addition to his work in children's books, Jerry has had over thirty one-man retrospectives at venues ranging from the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL to the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA. He has exhibited in over one hundred group shows in the USA, Japan, Russia, Italy, Taiwan and Jamaica. Jerry has illustrated for a wide variety of clients, including the U.S. Postal Service, National Park Service, and National Geographic. Jerry created art for the Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger commemorative poster, a foundation that helps bring food to those in need. He was invited to create a painting for the 30th Bologna Book Fait, Bologna, Italy and the NASA Art Collection at the John F. Kennedy Space Center. He was appointed to serve on the U.S. Postal Services Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (1982-1992). In 2001 Jerry was invited by Laura Bush to illustrate and design the White House Christmas Program. He has held professorships teaching art at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; the University of Delaware, Newark, DE; and the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. In 2003, Jerry was appointed to the National Council of the Arts - NEA (2003-2009). His art can be found in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Delaware Art Museum and the Brandywine River Art Museum.
His works have been featured in The New York Times, Arts Section, American Artists Magazine, The Horn Book Magazine, The CBS Sunday Morning Show and PBS Reading Rainbow Room. Pinkney is also a past trustee for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Katonah Museum of Art. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean, in Westchester County, NY.

Customer Reviews

Another beautiful book from Jerry Pinkney.
Kate and Jack
Great book to share with children and of course the moral of the story to have the child think about what happened.
Kehau
My three-year-old grandson gives this book two thumbs up.
Stephen R. Swain

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grace on January 20, 2014
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I wanted to give a copy of the book to my grandchildren for Christmas to go along with a theme gift. I was not able to view the book, so I bought it based on the picture on the cover. It was, at the time, checked out at the two libraries which are within 1/2 hour's drive of my home, so I thought it must be pretty good. When it arrived, I was a little disappointed because it was strictly pictures, which, of course is the right of the author, especially considering that he has received the Caldecott award for others of his work. The story is a little bit obscure for young children, and it would have been so much nicer to have a little text on each page--especially those which have multiple scenes on them. It would also have been very helpful to have had the "look Inside" option.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By aaa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 2, 2013
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My kids and I love Jerry Pinkney's artwork. It's beautiful and detailed and funny.

In THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE, there's a western backdrop featuring cactuses and mesquite. Tortoise is wearing a train cap (of all things!) and coyote has got him a cap with a feather in it; while Ms. Kangaroo Mouse dons a prairie bonnet and Hare wears a very nice checkered vest.

Besides the art, what's nice about this story is that it isn't necessary for younger children to be able to read to enjoy it. After they know the story they will able able to pour over the pages and retell it to themselves.
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BEAUTIFUL VERSION of this classic story. This would be a lovely book to share with youngsters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kate --Cook & Reader on December 11, 2013
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The illustrations in this book are breath taking and engaging. They are full of little details to be shared and savored by your child. Pinkney never fails to amaze and delight the eye. I can see why this is an award winner. A classic story which every child should know and understand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 21, 2013
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After teaching Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University for six years, I decided that this book would be a perfect gift for the program coordinator. The artwork is very nice and (spoiler) The turtle always wins. Slow and steady wins the race!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda on January 5, 2014
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This is the most beautifully illustrated picture book I have seen in years - and I have been a Children's librarian.
The fact that you can tell the story from the illustrations to whatever level of comprehension is just perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate and Jack on August 14, 2014
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Another beautiful book from Jerry Pinkney. Illustrations are remarkable and so lovely. Animals are so lifelike and yet the author gives each one his own personality. Wordless story, that invites the reader to tell the story in their own words. A lovely way to share a story with a child.
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Nobody illustrates a story like Jerry Pinkney. Beautiful, life-like illustrations tell this old tale of the slow and steady tortoise that wins out in the long run over the quick but flighty hare. Pinkney cleverly weaves the story told in words almost seamlessly into the story told in pictures. Exceptional.
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My three-year-old grandson gives this book two thumbs up. His mother agrees. Therefore, I give it five stars. Those are my criteria. Plus which, the art is beautiful. So, if your son or daughter or grandchild needs a lovely illustrated book, go for it!
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