- Book Style: Retold classic story with a twist
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Simple, cute, colorful
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
- Author: Ransley Cuckmere
- Author’s Page: Ransley Cuckmere
- Book Purchase Page: £0.99 – Kindle Version, £3.60 – Paperback
- Social Media Links: N/A
The Tortoise and the Hare is a children’s story originally told in Aesop’s fable, and rewritten in this latest book by Ransley Cuckmere. The story follows the original story by Aesop loosely but brings its own twist.
The story brings our main character, the Tortoise over to the Hare’s house for tea. Unfortunately, the Tortoise takes so long and becomes upset with himself (for being so slow) along the way. When he explains why to the Hare, the Hare tells him that he has other strengths and attributes. The Hare then suggests a few other activities that he might fare better at, and that sets off the Tortoise. Our slow friend challenges the Hare to a race.
Now, I’ll leave the rest for you to discover with your little one. Suffice it to say that you’re not going to see the same old race where the Hare loses because he’s not paying attention. This story ends differently, and the characters are even a little reversed. What I like about this is we have a clearly modern take on a great storyline, and that allows parents to have a modern conversation with their children. It’s a book with a moral and a message, and I love it when books do that.
Another thing I love about the story is the strength of the characters. Both the Tortoise and the Hare are strong characters in their own ways. The Tortoise is strong-willed and a little aggressive. The Hare is kind, gentle, and wise. The characters always stay in that “character”, and I think it generates a lot of understanding when they react the way they do. All in all, the characters come across as believable and interesting.
To this day, I still remember the illustrations in my first The Tortoise and the Hare story. They were very simple, but they did the job. Somehow, I still remember a few of those pages and they stick with me all these years. That’s the impact these types of illustrations can have when we talk about a book like this.
On that note, what I’ll say about this book is while the illustrations are simple, the characters and scenery remain interesting. There wasn’t a page where my little guy became bored or uninterested in what he was looking at. I tested him a few times to see if he could identify the emotions of the characters and he could, so that tells me the illustrations are doing their job.
Personally, I thought the illustrations were spot on and I loved them.
Well, I think this is a pretty easy one to guess. This is a book I can recommend for a few reasons:
- It’s based on a great classic story
- It has a new modern twist that’s well executed
- The illustrations are fantastic
- The price is very reasonable (£0.99 – Kindle Version, £3.60 – Paperback)
Until next time…Smash, Crash, and Learn!