|The Book of Fables and Folk Stories|
|by Horace Elisha Scudder|
|A choice collection of old folk tales and fables, attractively arranged and illustrated. Between each of the longer tales appear several short fables, offering a varied reading experience for the young reader for whom it is intended. Ages 6-9 |
THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE
 A HARE once made fun of a Tortoise.
"What a slow way you have!" he said. "How you creep
"Do I?" said the Tortoise. "Try a race with me, and I
will beat you."
"You only say that for fun," said the Hare. "But come!
I will race with you. Who will
mark off the bounds, and give the prize?"
"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. She started at once, and
jogged straight on.
 The Hare knew he could come to the end in two or three
jumps. So he lay down and took
a nap first. By and by he awoke, and then ran fast.
But when he came to the end, the
Tortoise was already there!
Slow and steady wins the race.
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