The Tortoise and the Hare/Friends at the End
Two stories, 23 pages long one way and 25 the other. In the first, traditional tale, when the tortoise challenged him to a race, the hare laughed so hard that he cried. After the lion-judge urged the competitors to get a good night's sleep, the tortoise did, but the hare played until morning and came to the starting line yawning. The hare rested at the halfway mark. The best illustration may be the last, featuring the hare's chagrin while other animals dance around the victorious tortoise. The second story (Friends at the End), narrated by the same person but illustrated by Chartier, runs from the back of the book to the middle. It opens with a portrait of the victorious tortoise and a first-person set of comments from the hare. It felt great to be the winner. I'm afraid I just didn't think about how the other animals felt about losing (7). His arrogant behavior made him alone and lonely, and that led to his challenge to the tortoise. It turns out that the hare stayed up all night thinking about what he overheard the raccoon say to the tortoise and other friends: Don't worry about that hare. All he cares about is winning. He only thinks of himself. The hare actually felt bad about the race as it was unfolding; in fact, he felt sorry for the tortoise. Not sure what to do, he tried to think--and so fell asleep. When he awoke, he was sure that everyone would think him a loser and that he still would not have friends. I can lose and still have friends.