The Big Race
Yes, this race is big! It starts at the 42nd Street Library in New York and covers some twenty-three other locations, nicely identified and commented upon on the two endpapers. The first stops are France, England, The Netherlands, and Italy. By the end of the book we are in Papua New Guinea. As we turn the book over and start back through it, we go through places like Japan, China, India, Greece, Russia, Canada, and the Galápagos Islands. Notice that the back endpaper is nicely inverted: the world is upside down while the book is upside down! All the way, Tommy Tortoise is sure that he is beating Harry Hare, until of course he arrives back at 42nd Street…. My prize for a creative picture goes to France, where the farmers are so eager to keep their cows contented that they carry them around! Each stop gives a child something to remember from a particular place, like the men fishing on stilts in Papua New Guinea. Would the Dominican Republic want to be known for baseball? This book represents good fun with a creative concept.
Hyperion Books For Children