Children’s Booklet, The Hare and the Tortoise
Αesop, (6th century BC) was a Greek legendary fabulist. The Roman poet Phaedrus popularized Aesop’s fables in the 1st century AD and in 1668 La Fontaine immortalized the stories when he re-wrote them in splendid verse.
The story of the Hare and the Tortoise is one of the best known of Aesop’s fables. When the hare ridiculed the tortoise for its slow movements, the tortoise replied by challenging the hare to a race. The hare burst out laughing but accepted the challenge.
The fox gave the signal to set off the race. The hare was off like a shot but the tortoise began walking slowly at a steady pace. The hare seeing that the tortoise was far behind, felt so sure of himself and victory that he lay down under a tree and fell asleep. When the hare eventually woke up he saw that the tortoise had already reached the finishing line. He had lost the race.
All Aesop’s fables have a moral to convey and this one tells us that he who is modest in life achieves his goals in the end.
Source:Cyprus Post, Republic of Cyprus
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