LEVEL 1.7: HARE AND THE TORTOISE
HARE AND THE TORTOISE
Once a hare was roaming near a lake in a forest. Suddenly he saw a tortoise and mocked at
him saying - "Hurry up, you slow coach! Don't you find life very dull taking so long to cover
a few yards? I could have run to the other side of the lake by now."
The tortoise felt teased and dared the hare to a race. The race was to be through the wood
to a fixed goal.
The hare agreed laughingly. In a few minutes he was away and out of sight.
"What a funny race it is!" he said to himself , "I am already half -way through. But it is tootoo cold; why not have a nap in the warm sunshine?"
The tortoise walked steadily on and on. In a short time, he passed by the sleeping hare.
Spoken English: Short Stories
The hare slept far longer then he had intended.When he woke up at last, he looked
around in surprise and said to himself," Not even a sigh of the poor tortoise anywhere so
far; I had better trot along and finish the race."
The hare ran to the goal. He was amazed to see all the animals cheering the tortoise who
had arrived just a minute earlier. how ashamed he felt indeed!
Moral: Slow and steady wins the race