Classical Kids Storytime: 'The Tortoise and the Hare'

Classical Kids Storytime: The Tortoise and the Hare Nancy Carlson for MPR
6min 49sec : Classical Kids Storytime: The Tortoise and the Hare

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There once was a hare who loved to brag about his speed. The hare also loved to tease other animals, until one day, when the slowest animal in the forest challenged him to a race. Who won? Find out in The Tortoise and the Hare, the latest episode of Classical Kids Storytime, featuring music by Alexander Borodin and original illustrations by Nancy Carlson.

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Our telling of The Tortoise and the Hare includes excerpts from the following work and recording:

Alexander Borodin: Symphony No. 2
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Gunzenhauser
Naxos 550238

Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.

Credits

Storyteller: Steve Seel
Writer: Steve Seel
Illustrations: Nancy Carlson
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Digital producers: Seiji Cataldo and James Napoli
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Program director: Julie Amacher

Classical Kids Storytime: Tortoise and the Hare Nancy Carlson for MPR
Once upon a time, there was a hare who loved to run really, really fast. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The hare liked to brag about how fast he could run, and he liked to tease the slower animals. Teasing is not a nice thing to do. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The tortoise was the slowest animal in the forest. Nancy Carlson for MPR
One day, the tortoise had had enough. "I won't deny that you are fast," he said. "But even you can be beaten!" Nancy Carlson for MPR
The hare fell to the ground in laughter. Nancy Carlson for MPR
"I'm serious," the tortoise said. "At sunrise, I'll race you from this fir tree to the creek." Nancy Carlson for MPR
The next morning, all the animals gathered to watch the race. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The hare watched as the tortoise trudged off. "This is going to be so easy," he thought. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The hare decided to take a quick nap. He curled up and fell asleep under a tree. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The hare decided he might as well have breakfast too. He went back to his burrow to grab some carrots. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The tortoise was only halfway to the creek, so the hare decided to turn on the TV. Nancy Carlson for MPR
After half an hour, the hare looked toward the creek. All the other animals were gathered around the tortoise, cheering him on! Nancy Carlson for MPR
The hare leaped at a great rate toward the finish line. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The hare was too late. The tortoise had beaten him to the creek's edge, where he touched the tip of his foot into the water. Nancy Carlson for MPR
All the animals cheered for the tortoise. "Slow and steady wins the race," the tortoise said. "Every time." Nancy Carlson for MPR