The Tortoise and The Hare
The Tortoise and the Hare is one of the most famous fables of the Greek storyteller Aesop. It tells of how the slow Tortoise beats the fast and arrogant Hare in a race. Aesop's Fables, or the Aesopica, are a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BC.
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Hello boys and girls, so this is the first story of Swavesey Storytime
and this story you may have heard of before and is called The Tortoise And The Hare I'm going to be telling it today
so once there was a tortoise he was slow but he always got where he wanted to be soon enough.
there was also a rabbit or much rather a hare, he was particularly proud and he thought he was the most handsome hare in the entire world, also he had been blessed with a very strong back legs which meant he could run like the wind.
Shh, one day the rabbit was running with his friends playing tag when he saw the
tortoise walk by,
Now, this hare was also very arrogant
he liked to boast about his speed
so he shouted over to the tortoise
"Hey tortoise, if you wouldn't run any faster, the grass would grow over you!"
and his friends laughed.
The tortoise said, "Although I may be slow, I get to where I would like soon enough, thank you"
then he looked at the hare and smiled
then he said "In fact, I think I could beat you to where I'm going!"
and the hare said "Are you challenging me to a race?"
and the tortoise said, "Well, maybe."
so the race was on.
the tortoise and the hare then lined up at the start of the race track,
"Ready, Steady, Go!" said the owl as they sped down the road
the hare was very fast and he was in a hurry but he always found time to wave to his supporters
But the tortoise plodded on not waving to supporters
just keeping his eye on the finish line
although it was eight miles behind
when the hare got half way he decided to have a rest
he said to himself, "You know, I could just sleep here by this halfway point for a bit
and then when I wake up I can still run to the finish line and beat that tortoise hollow!"
so that's exactly what he did.
He slept and he slept, days passed by, hours and hours did pass by
until eventually the tortoise came plodding up the hill
when he saw the hare asleep, he raised his eyebrows but did not make a sound
a few hours later the hare woke up
the Sun was starting to set
this hare thought to himself
because the hare looked round
and the tortoise was nowhere to be seen
the hare thought himself
"Yes! the tortoise is nowhere to be seen. I still have loads of time to win the race!"
so up the hill he sped and down the hill he sped again
but as he whizzed over the last Hill and came in sight of the finish line
he was astonished to find that
the tortoise was taking his last few steps towards the finish line.
the crowd cheered as as the tortoise cut the rope with his shiny shell
the tortoise also said "Slow I maybe but I keep my eyes on the goal and do not let anything distract me!"
and the moral of this story is
'Slow and steady wins the race'
PS, I'm doing stories on Mondays and Wednesday
well, thank you for listening
boys and girls and good night.