Puppet Play: The Tortoise and the Hare
This book helps children start from scratch on presenting TH as a puppet show. Chapters deal with making puppets, making props, and making a theater. The book gives plenty of help on who is speaking and what the puppets should be doing at any given time. Several developments of the story catch my attention. The hare, for example, says on 18 I think I'll sit down and wait for Tortoise. I'll still win easily. A page later he says I think I'll have a nap before winning. I am not so sure that the storyteller wants the hare to say either of these things! This may be the first time that I have seen the moon used to mark time in this story. I am intrigued to see the book's final illustration, since I have seen it often before and it does not seem to me to fit this story. Hare sits on top of tortoise's back. I suspect that that image comes from some other story. This book, according to the sticker on its back, once belonged to the Mid-Continent Ublic Library! This may also be the first time that I have seen a library use multiple stickers -- like those used as price tags in stores -- to mark the date due on the back of the book.
Heinemann Library: Reed Educational and Professional Publishing