THE REALLY GROOVY STORY OF THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE by Kristyn Crow

THE REALLY GROOVY STORY OF THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE

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Age Range: 3 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Crow clearly wants kids to move and groove with her new version of this beloved tale. What does this reincarnation bring? A syncopated hip-hop swing that has built-in action for listening and reading aloud. "Well, Hare, he really scurried / tho' he wasn't even worried / 'cause he left the silly tortoise in the dust." Unfortunately, the “swing” can be a bit temperamental, and an adult reader will need to go through the text silently to get the rhythm right, without sounding labored. The pacing cleverly mimics the story, with speedy and slow verses, a choice that is both artful and another potential slipup for oral reading. Preparation before reading is recommended. Propelling the story forward, however, is a positive energy that oozes from each spread. Visual homage is paid to Normal Rockwell, Michael Jordan, Fred Astaire and even Elvis. Bringing to mind a match-up between Franklin the Turtle and the Trix Cereal Rabbit, the illustrations give readers a wide view of the race, depict Hare's impending disaster up-close and treat them to a photo finish. The last phrase, “Hare mutters in disgust,” provides the opportunity to discuss losing with grace. An entertaining choice that will introduce children to the fable and show those familiar with it how traditional tales can be expanded. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8075-6911-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Whitman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2011




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