The Tortoise and the Hare by Jerry Pinkney
Pinkney is slowly working himself through the corpus of traditional literature for children and his work is enriching the genre. This famous fable is rejuvenated with Pinkney’s meticulous watercolors. The hare shows his speed and grace as he leaps across double page spreads while the snail-like tortoise plods along, often in three part spreads. It just takes him some time. Naturally his determination wins him the race as he moves slowly past the somewhat arrogant sleeping hare. The final art reveals the hare putting the winner’s scarf on the hard-working tortoise. This is not actually a wordless picture book but darn near. This is as glorious a book as The Lion and the Mouse and children who have this read to them are in for a real treat.