Painting of a tortoise resting after winning the race against the tortoise.

The Tortoise & the Hare (Aesop’s Fables)

The Tortoise and the Hare is one of Aesop’s most famous fables. Most historians agree that Aesop lived between 620 and 564 BCE in Ancient Greece. This version was written by Juan Artola Miranda.

Once upon a time, in a lush green forest, there lived a tortoise and a hare. The tortoise was known for his slow, steady pace, while the hare was famed for his incredible speed. They had been friends for many years, but the tortoise would often tease the hare for his reckless, hurried ways.

“Slow and steady wins the race,” the tortoise would say, but the hare would never listen. So, one day, the tortoise challenged the hare to a race, hoping to teach him a lesson in humulity. The hare, forever eager to exert himself, accepted the challenge.

News of the race spread quickly throughout the forest, and the animals gathered in anticipation. The owl, known for his keen eyesight, was chosen as the referee. He marked the starting point and the finish line, and with a loud hoot, the race began.

Confusion broke out. “Who?” the animals replied, “Why, the tortoise and the hare, of course!” But the owl already knew this, as did the tortoise and the hare.

The hare sprinted forward with incredible speed, leaving the tortoise far behind. The animals marvelled at the hare’s swiftness and practiced grace, cheering him on as he neared the finish line. The tortoise, meanwhile, continued at his steady pace, focused and unwavering.

The hare soon tired. He was unable to sprint the entire distance. He slowed to a jog. By the time he crossed the finish line, he was so exhausted he fell asleep.

The tortoise, who had never practiced going fast, arrived much later (if he ever even arrived at all).

Juan Artola Miranda

I am Juan Artola Miranda, a fabulist living in the Mexican Caribbean. My friends know me by the name of my father's father, but that name grew into something bigger, my writing reaching tens of millions of readers. It was too strong for me to control. Artola Miranda is the name of my mother's mother. It's a better name for a fabulist.

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