A HARE once made fun of a tortoise. "What a slow way you have!" he said. "How you creep along!"
"Do I?" said the tortoise. "Try a race with me and I'll beat you."
"What a boaster you are," said the hare. "But come! I will race with you. Whom shall we ask to mark off the bounds and see that the race is fair?"
"Let us ask the fox," said the tortoise. The fox was very wise and fair. He showed them where they were to start, and how far they were to run.
The tortoise lost no time. He started out at once, and jogged straight on.
The hare leaped along swiftly for a few minutes till he had left the tortoise far behind. He knew he could reach the mark very quickly, so he lay down by the road under a shady tree and took a nap.
By and by he awoke, and remembered the race. He sprang up and ran as fast as he could. But when he reached the mark the tortoise was there!
"Slow and steady wins the race," said the fox.