We all know the story of the tortoise and the hare, but do you have it in story form to read to your children? Just in case you do not, I wanted to share it because it is such a classic lesson and vibrant illustration of perseverance.
My kids love this story, and we cite it often when a certain kid might be losing sight of the longterm in a situation. This is applicable when reminding kids the importance of just starting a task, even when it may seem overwhelming, and the need to just take one step at a time. Even us moms need these lessons from time to time!
The Tortoise and the Hare
A hare once made fun of a tortoise, “What a slow way you have!” he said. “How you creep along!”
“Do I?” said the tortoise. “Try a race with me and I’ll beat you.”
“What a boaster you are,” said the hare. “But come! I will race with you. Whom shall we ask to mark off the finish line and see that the race is fair?”
“Let us ask the fox,” said the tortoise.
The fox was very wise and fair. He showed them where they were to start, and how far they were to run.
The tortoise lost no time. He started out at once and jogged straight on.
The hare leaped along swiftly for a few minutes till he had left the tortoise far behind. He knew he could reach the mark very quickly, so he lay down by the road under a shady tree and took a nap.
By and by he awoke and remembered the race. He sprang up and ran as fast as he could. But when he reached the mark the tortoise was already there!
“Slow and steady wins the race,” said the fox.