Aesop's Fable: The Tortoise and the Hare

Read, print and discuss the fable. The fable will print in the top half of the paper. Prints well in portrait and landscape mode. Have children draw and color a tortoise and a hare, or an illustration of the fable under the text.

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The Tortoise and the Hare

Aesop's Fable The Tortoise and the Hare

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 it 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.

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