Tortoise and Hare’s Amazing Race

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Tortoise and Hare’s Amazing Race
A retelling of the classic story with a math twist. Henry Hare was always bragging about how fast he was. One day he challenges Tessie Tortoise to a mile-long race up the hill. Henry leaps ahead for the first eighth of a mile. As Tessie approaches, he bounds ahead again. Fractions and distance measurements mark their progress as Tessie and Henry race to the finish line.

This fictional story includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 27-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Tortoise and Hare’s Amazing Race is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Marianne Berkes, Illustrated by Cathy Morrison
32 pg, 8.5 x 10, Ages 4-8, Grades K-3, Lexile: AD 610, AR: 3.20, F&P: K
Hardcover 9781628556353 $17.95  
Paperback 9781628556407 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628556452 $11.95  
EBook 9781628556605 Purchase Here
Spanish EBook 9781628556650 Purchase Here
Keywords:   anthropomorphic, counting, distance measurements, fables/folktales, fractions, measurements, units of measurement, math, values: greater or less than
Animals in the book:   frog, hare, owl, squirrel, tortoise
Vetters:   Thanks to Carla Woodard, 3rd and 4th grade teacher in Durham, NC, for reviewing the accuracy of the information in this book.


Readers all know how the story ends: "Henry admitted in disgrace that slow and steady won the race!" Morrison's Henry looks bedraggled and sad at the finish line, ears drooping, eyes shifting to gaze at the winner. - Kirkus Reviews

"Tortoise and Hare's Amazing Race" reviews the familiar tale with a focus on applied math, fractions, and more. - Midwest Book Review

This is a fun retelling that everyone who likes the original fable will enjoy! - Rachel, age 9 for Kids Book Buzz

Author/Illustrator Info:

Award-winning author Marianne Berkes is a retired teacher and librarian who uses her love of nature and teaching to create informational picture books. In addition to The Tree That Bear Climbed, Animalogy, Anybody Home? and now Daisylocks for Arbordale, some of Marianne's other 17 (and counting) award-winning titles include Going Around the Sun, Some Planetary Fun; Seashells by the Seashore; Going Home, The Mystery of Animal Migration; Over in the Ocean, in a Coral Reef; Over in the Jungle, a Rainforest Rhyme and most recently Over in a River, What's in the Garden?, and The Swamp Where Gator Hides. Marianne has been actively involved in the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for over twenty years and often suggests when she speaks at conferences that aspiring writers and illustrators join SCBWI. Visit her website at /

Cathy Morrison may have started her art career in animation, but she soon fell in love with illustrating children's books and has been doing so for 20 years. She's illustrated If a Mummy Could Talk..., Dino Tracks, Dino Treasures, Nature Recycles–How About You?, Daisylocks, This Land is Your Land, Tortoise and Hare's Amazing Race, Three Little Beavers, and Animalogy: Animal Analogies for Arbordale. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Cathy works from home in a studio loft overlooking a beautiful view of the Mummy Range, on the northern side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Check out her blog at


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