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Tortoise and Hare race along a road filled with traffic signs while the other animals cheer them on.
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Margery Cuyler lives in Princeton, New Jersey.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-Yet another race between those age-old rivals, the earnest tortoise and the brash, overconfident hare. Here they run through a paved rural and suburban landscape filled with detours, closed roads, falling rocks, and other impediments. Naturally, Hare ignores the signs and falls into difficulties while Tortoise plugs on to victory following all the warnings. In addition to the road signs, animal spectators wave paw-held placards with jeers, encouragements, and pun-filled slogans such as "Hare comes Hare" and "Bad Hare Day." Except for the two opening sentences, the pictures and signs tell the story without additional narrative. This is largely successful, though in a few places readers must surmise interim events. An alarmed-looking Hare in the lead heads toward a falling-rock zone, for example, and on the next page it is raining and Tortoise has surged ahead. Was Hare held up by the falling rocks? Later Hare appears in a hot-air balloon and still later, driving a train. Where they came from is not clear. However, the signs are fun to read, and Haskamp's bright acrylic-on-canvas illustrations are playful and appealing. Children can follow the whole route of the race on the endpapers. While not as successful in relating the traditional story as Janet Stevens's The Tortoise and the Hare (Holiday, 1984), Roadsigns will provide reading practice, sign recognition, and good fun for both one-on-one sharing and independent reading.
Louise L. Sherman, formerly at Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
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Book Description Amazon Children's Publishing, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0761453067
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