- Book Style: Toddler classic story…twisted
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Great colors and simple characters
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
- Author: Ransley Cuckmere
- Author’s Page: Ransley Cuckmere
- Book Purchase Page: £0.99 – Kindle Version, £3.60 – Paperback
- Social Media Links: N/A
The Tortoise and the Hare is a book fit for a toddler. This story is a retelling of the original Aesop fable of the same name. However, this isn’t your mama’s story…this book has been changed to fit today’s modern world.
The story begins with our main character (the Tortoise) traveling to his friend’s house (the Hare) for a cup of tea. As I’m sure you’re aware, tortoises are slow and so the journey takes a long time. This frustrates the Tortoise, who ends up challenging his friend to a race. In the end, a lesson is learned by the Tortoise and our two main characters continue their lives as friends. I won’t ruin the end of the story for you, but trust me when I say that this isn’t the original fable retold. It’s more fun than that.
Probably my favorite part of this book is the whole point (of this book). It’s a retelling of an ancient story with what is clearly a modern twist. This allows parents of toddlers to have a different, more modern conversation with their toddlers. Spoiler alert, the Tortoise loses this time and learns it’s OK to be good at some things and not so good at other things.
One thing I’ve found in lots of toddler appropriate books is that the characters tend to be poorly developed. Now, I get that there isn’t a lot of space for character development, but somehow Ransley Cuckmere (our author) has done just that. He’s created two very strong characters who have clear personalities and follow those personalities throughout the book. I love that he’s managed to do this and I think it really helped with my little toddler’s retention of the story.
Simply put, the illustrations in this story fit it well. I love the simple way the characters and the scenery are drawn (and colored for that matter). They’re not overcomplicated or fancy just for the sake of being fancy. I think what this does is make the book accessible for young children and toddlers. It lets them focus on the important pieces of the story and it helps them retain more.
Another thing I noticed is the emotions of the characters that could be seen when viewing the illustrations. It was easy to tell how each character was feeling, and I love it when a book does this with such simple characters. It helps with my toddler’s retention of information, and you know how much I love that!
In the end, this book is a great, modern take on Aesop’s fable. Ransley Cuckmere has done a great job of producing a story that’s based on the original but has its own identity. The story has a great moral message and the characters are strong and interesting. What’s more, the illustrations are excellent and have been done in a way that helps with retention and understanding. The price of £0.99 for a Kindle version and £3.60 for a paperback copy makes this book even better.
Thanks for reading…with your toddlers,