Library of Congress Aesop FablesBox , Berkeley, CA , www. Notes to the Teacher Plays for Every Day is a set of short scripts written specially for beginning readers. There are seven plays in all, with enough scripts for each character to have its own durable copy. There is no need to create elaborate productions. Children do not need to memorize lines or to create costumes or sets.
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Podcast: Play in new window Download. I am Ariel Goodbody, your host for this show. The name of the story is The Rabbit and the Tortoise. You can find a transcript of the episode at EasyStoriesInEnglish. This contains the full story, as well as my conversation before it. I have really enjoyed making these stories. A hare is a very similar animal to a rabbit, but hares are more rare.
It is itself a variant of a common folktale theme in which ingenuity and trickery rather than doggedness are employed to overcome a stronger opponent. The story concerns a Hare who ridicules a slow-moving Tortoise. Tired of the Hare's arrogant behavior, the Tortoise challenges him to a race. When the Hare awakes however, he finds that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, has arrived before him. As in several other fables by Aesop, the lesson it is teaching appears ambiguous. An old Greek source comments that 'many people have good natural abilities which are ruined by idleness; on the other hand, sobriety, zeal and perseverance can prevail over indolence'.
Once upon a time, in a field not too far from you, there was an energetic and happy hare and a sleepy tortoise. The happy hare was called Noel and the sleepy tortoise was called Archibald. Archibald the tortoise liked to sit and munch his dinner slowly, whilst Noel the hare would gobble up his dinner and run round and round Archibald until he was dizzy. Wallace the wise old owl arranged the race for the next day. All the animals in the field put on their best clothes, groomed their fur, picked up a flag to wave and got ready to cheer the tortoise and the hare on. Slowly, slowly Archibald the tortoise set off and quickly, quickly Noel the hare raced off and soon he was out of sight. In fact, he was so far ahead that, when he looked back, Archibald the tortoise was nowhere to be seen.
Bernstein offers one possibility in this quirky followup, in which the hare is a widely ridiculed washout with a potbelly and a chip on his shoulder and the tortoise now a celebrity and author of a bestselling autobiography misses his peaceful pre-race life. Both have something to gain from a reversal of the previous race's outcome, so they agree to a Great Race II, planning to ensure the hare's victory this time around. Despite the hare's wearing of multiple alarm clocks, the tortoise once again spots him sleeping through the race, so the tortoise resourcefully pulls out a secret weapon—a stuffed look-alike rabbit with a 5,tortoise-power engine that speeds to the finish line. Bernstein's spoof is full of harebrained puns and references to just about every famous bunny, from the Easter Bunny to Pete R. Rabbit, placing the fable in a kid-appealing, intertextual and intercultural world.
One day a rabbit was boasting about how fast he could run. He was laughing at the turtle for being so slow. The rabbit thought this was a good joke and accepted the challenge. The fox was to be the umpire of the race. As the race began, the rabbit raced way ahead of the turtle, just like everyone thought. The rabbit got to the halfway point and could not see the turtle anywhere.