February 18, 2018

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Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray | SLJ Review

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redstarMurray, Alison. Hare and Tortoise. illus. by Alison Murray. 32p. Candlewick. May 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763687212. Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray

PreS-Gr 1 –A delightful and witty retelling of the traditional Aesop fable. The story remains true to the original, while adding in wonderfully quirky descriptions of the main characters. In doing so, Murray makes the well-known animals that much more lovable. It is impossible not to smile at Tortoise’s catchphrase, “I may be slow, but watch me go,” as she trundles along at the bottom of the pages. An added bonus is the modeling of good sportsmanship by both characters, who go off to celebrate in the lettuce patch at the end of the tale. The illustrations are the perfect blend of full color and white space. Each character, though simply rendered, shows emotions and energy levels that really aid in telling the story. VERDICT An absolutely successful retelling of the classic tale; great for storytimes and recommended for any fable collection.–Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh

This review was published in the School Library Journal April 2016 issue.

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