Aesop's Fables Bedtime Stories

Aesop’s Fables: The Hare and The Tortoise

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Written by Team Tell A Tale

Original Story from Aesop’s fables, told with a twist. Age group: 1 – 100 years.

There was once a Hare who always bragged about how fast he could run. Tired of his boasting, all the animals got together and told the Hare to pick an animal with whom he would have to race. If he won, he could continue to boast to the animals of not just this forest, but the surrounding ones as well. But if he lost, he would not utter a single word about his speed, to anyone ever again.

The Hare agreed. He had seen that the Tortoise was slow at walking. So he decided to race against the Tortoise.

All the animals gathered to watch the race as they were curious to know the outcome. They marked a winding path down the forest for the race.

The Hare ran for a while, then paused and looked back. The Tortoise was way behind him.

He thought he would sit down and rest a while, while the Tortoise caught up. He stretched out in the shade of a tree, and ‘Lo! fell fast asleep.

The Tortoise, in the meanwhile, steadily walked and walked and walked. He never stopped until he reached the finishing line.

The animals who were watching the race, cheered loudly for the Tortoise. The sound woke up the Hare. He stretched and started running again. But it was too late. The Tortoise had already crossed the finish line.

Moral: Slow and steady wins the race.

By the way, the hare still doesn’t seem to have learnt its lesson, has it ! Watch the video below.

In personal as well as professional life, sometimes when things are at their peak and everything is going great, one is often tempted to take a break and rest. However, one must remember to keep moving forward. 

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