Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Tortoise & the Hare

The Tortoise & the Hare

Fall 2013 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Jerry Pinkney
ISBN: 9780316183567
Hardcover Price: $18.00

A breathtaking masterwork from Jerry Pinkney. This Caldecott Medalist (The Lion & the Mouse) turns the familiar fable of the speedy, presumptive hare and the plodding tortoise into a visual feast, propelled by a dynamic use of text that expresses the moral of the tale: "slow and steady wins the race." (In his thoughtful afterward, Pinkney explains that the message is especially meaningful to him as someone with dyslexia.) The book's setting is the arid American Southwest, where Tortoise and Hare fit right into a stunningly rendered landscape of cacti, rocks, desert flowers and thorny bushes, along with coyotes, lizards, kangaroo rats, badgers and other critters indigenous to the area. In a seamless blending of fantasy and the natural world, Pinkney draws the animal characters realistically, too, while giving them kerchiefs, vests, patched pants, caps and other Western garb of yesteryear. This is a book to pore over page by page, through to the uplifting end: a generous gesture by vanquished Hare.

Lynne Heffley   ©2013 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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