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The Hare & the Tortoise


A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow.

"Do you ever get anywhere?" he asked with a mocking laugh.

"Yes," replied the Tortoise, "and I get there sooner than you think. I'll run you a race and prove it."

The Hare was much amused at the idea of running a race with the Tortoise, but for the fun of the thing he agreed. So the Fox, who had consented to act as judge, marked the distance and started the runners off.

The Hare was soon far out of sight, and to make the Tortoise feel very deeply how ridiculous it was for him to try a race with a Hare, he lay down beside the course to take a nap until the Tortoise should catch up.

The Tortoise meanwhile kept going slowly but steadily, and, after a time, passed the place where the Hare was sleeping. But the Hare slept on very peacefully; and when at last he did wake up, the Tortoise was near the goal.

The Hare now ran his swiftest, but he could not overtake the Tortoise in time.

The race is not always to the swift.

Library of Congress Aesop Fables in public domain.




For some fantastic, fabulous fun with “The Hare and the Tortoise” fable, study the picture above to discovercharacteristics of a tortoise that would make it different from a turtle. Think about shell pattern, habitat, kind of feet, and size. Then you can look at turtles in “Red-eared Slider Snippets” to compare turtles with tortoises.”





Red-eared slider sunbathing: Heat absorption is more effective when their limbs are stretched outwards.



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