Maple Leaf Learning The Rabbit and the Turtle Adapted by Marco A. Brazil. Illustrated by Mami Koike and narrated by Kenny King. Once upon a time in a far away village there was a rabbit. One hot summer day the rabbit wanted to go for a swim. He went out from his den to find a river. Along the way, he met a turtle. And they began talking. Hello turtle It’s hot today, isn’t it? Do you know if there’s a river near here? asked the rabbit. Yes, there’s one not far from here. If you follow the path, you’ll get there. the turtle answered. Could you show me the way, please? asked the rabbit. Sure! answered the turtle. So, the rabbit and the turtle started walking together to the river. Walk faster turtle. Walk faster! I want to get to the river quickly! The impatient rabbit said. And why is that? asked the turtle. Because I’m a rabbit. Rabbits are fast. Turtles are slow. the boastful rabbit answered. Not me, replied the turtle. Rabbits can run and hop. Turtles just crawl. laughed the rabbit. Not me! protested the turtle. I can walk and I can swim. Well, I can jump! Turtles can’t. the proud rabbit replied. Oh, really! But I can beat you in a race. said the turtle. What! You can’t beat me in a race. I’m a rabbit. You’re just a turtle. said the rabbit. Well, let’s try and see. said the turtle. So, the rabbit and the turtle decided to race to the big old tree on the other side of the river. Get ready, get set, go! The rabbit went hop, hop, hop. The turtle went walk, walk, walk. After the rabbit had gone a long distance he stopped and called. Hey turtle, where are you? A turtle sitting by a tree answered. I’m here! The rabbit thinking that it was the same turtle he was racing was surprised. Oh! There you are. he exclaimed. And ran off again. So the rabbit went hop, hop, hop. After a long distance he stopped and called. Hey turtle, where are you? Another turtle sitting nearby answered, I’m here! Again, thinking that it was the same turtle he was racing the rabbit was very surprised. Oh! There you are! he exclaimed And hopped off again. The rabbit went hop, hop, hop. Hop, hop, hop! And again after a long distance he stopped and called. Hey turtle, where are you? Another turtle sitting nearby answered I’m here! The rabbit was very surprised that the turtle could keep up with him. But he couldn’t let the turtle beat him so the rabbit went hop, hop, hop. Run, run, run. Run, run, run. Faster and faster. Run, run, run. Faster and faster. The rabbit was very, very tired and dropped to the ground. Thinking that he was far ahead and that there was no way for the turtle to catch him. The rabbit decided to take a nap under a tree. And the turtle the turtle went walk, walk, walk. Slowly and surely. Walk, walk, walk. He dove into the river and went swim, swim, swim. Slowly but surely. And he crossed the river. The turtle went walk, walk, walk. Slowly but surely. Patiently talking to himself. I’ll get there. I know I’ll get there. The rabbit slept longer than he had thought. When he woke up, he called. Hey turtle, where are you? There was no answer. So, thinking he had one the race, the rabbit went hop, hop, hop to finish the race. However, to his surprise, he found the turtle waiting for him at the finish line. The turtle had won the race! The end.