The Hare and the Tortoise

Once upon a time there lived a tortoise and a hare. The tortoise was old and slow, but very wise. The hare was young and fast He was also a show-off.

One fine summer’s day, the hare went up to the tortoise and said, ‘You’re old and slow. I bet you I could beat you in a race.’

The tortoise was fed up with the hare always showing off, so he said ‘OK then, tomorrow we’ll race.’ Well, the next day came and they went to the starting line.

Off they went. Immediately, the hare raced off into the distance. The tortoise, on the other hand, plodded slowly along.

After a while the hare became sleepy, so he decided to take a quick nap. He looked back down the road and couldn’t see the tortoise, so he thought it would be safe. He lay down in the grass and soon he was fast asleep.

Meanwhile the tortoise carried walking slowly on his way. He passed the hare sleeping at the side of the road but he didn’t say anything. A few hours passed and the hare woke up.

He noticed the sun sinking over the hills. ‘Oh dear!’ he thought ‘I’ve slept all day!’ Then suddenly he remembered the race.

Quickly he ran, but he was too late. When he arrived at the finish, he found the tortoise already there. The tortoise had won.

The moral of the story is: It is better to be slow but steady, than quick but make mistakes.

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