THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE
HARE once made fun of a tortoise. "What a slow way you
have!" he said. "How you creep along!"
"Do I?" said the tortoise. "Try a race with me and I'll
"What a boaster you are," said the hare. "But come! I
will race with you. Whom shall we ask to mark off the
bounds and see that the race is fair?"
"Let us ask the fox," said the tortoise. The fox was
very wise and fair. He showed them where they were to
start, and how far they were to run.
The tortoise lost no time. He started out at once, and
jogged straight on.
The hare leaped along swiftly for a few minutes till he
had left the tortoise far behind. He knew he could
reach the mark very quickly, so he lay down by the road
under a shady tree and took a nap.
By and by he awoke, and remembered the race. He sprang
up and ran as fast as he could. But when he reached the
mark the tortoise was there!
"Slow and steady wins the race," said the fox.