tortoise and rabbit

The Rabbit and

The Tortoise



sit rabbit tortoise
slow under meanwhile
reply laugh disappear
joke want meet/met/met
owl effort come by
hill serious take off (3)
rest under as usual
race halfway slow down
tired finish fall asleep
soon official fast asleep
nap wake up continue
dash too late the sun is setting
path sprint approach
cross forest pass (2)
clap cheer overtake


The Rabbit and the Tortoise

A rabbit was sitting under a tree.

Then a tortoise walked by.

“You are soooo slow! Ha-ha-ha,” said the rabbit to the tortoise.

“Well then, let’s have a race,” replied the tortoise.

The rabbit laughed even more.


A Race

“A RACE? Are you joking?” said the rabbit.
“No, I’m not; I’m serious,” said the tortoise. “If you think you’re so good, then why don’t we race?”
“Well, okay. If you want.”

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The Start

And so, on Saturday morning the tortoise and the rabbit met at a path.

All their animal friends in the forest came to watch.

“On your mark. Get set. Go!” said the official, an owl.


The Rabbit

The rabbit took off.

He ran down the road. In a few seconds, he disappeared over a small hill.

Meanwhile the tortoise walked as usual. After a minute, he covered ten meters.

But he kept going.



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About halfway to the finish line, the rabbit slowed down.

“Whew! I’m tired from all that running,” he said to himself.

He then stopped and sat under a tree.

“I’ll just rest here for a few minutes . . . . . . ”

The rabbit fell asleep.

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Fast forward

Several hours later, the rabbit was still fast asleep.

Soon the tortoise came by. He was walking at the same speed.

He passed the rabbit and continued on . . . .


Wake Up

“Ah that was a nice nap,” said the rabbit when he woke up.

The sun was setting.

“OH NO!” he cried, and dashed off again.


The rabbit ran as fast as he could.

A while later, he could see the finish line — and the tortoise was approaching it!

With one last great effort, the rabbit sprinted.

He nearly overtook the tortoise. But it was too late: the tortoise crossed the finish line first.

All the forest animals clapped and cheered.

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1. In the beginning, the rabbit was eating carrots. True or false?

2. Did the rabbit greet the tortoise? Did the rabbit say, “Hello Mr. Tortoise. How are you today?”

3. How did the tortoise respond? What did he say? Was the rabbit scared?

4. What happened on Saturday morning? Were there alone?

5. Describe the first part of the race.

6. What happened in the second part?

7. Describe the ending. What happened in the end? In the end . . . . .

8. Is there a moral or lesson to the story? The moral or lesson of the story is . . . . . .
A. I have read or heard this story before. Yes or no?

B. I know someone or some companies who is like the rabbit. Yes or no?

C. Do you have any friends, colleagues or classmates similar to the tortoise?

D. What might happen in the future?

E. Should people behave like the rabbit, the tortoise, both or in the middle?

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