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The Tortoise & the Hare Hardcover – October 1, 2013

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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: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Invisible 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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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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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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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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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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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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The pictures in this book are gorgeous -- but there are a total of only six words in the entire book. The adult reading the book with the child will have to fill in the details of the story, using the illustrations. I was disappointed.
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I got this because we love Jerry Pinkney's Lion & Mouse...this is also a beautifully done book. It has more wording than Lion & Mouse which I was unfortunately disappointed in. We love making up nearly all the words to Lion & Mouse
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