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The Hare and The Tortoise – English Short Story for Kids

Hare and Tortoise Story
The Tortoise and The Hare Story

The Hare and The Tortoise – English Short Story for Kids

Once there was a hare, he felt very proud because he could run very fast.

Hare and Tortoise Story

One day, he saw a slow-moving tortoise. The hare laughed at the tortoise and said, “You’re moving very fast, shall we have a running race.”

Hare and Tortoise Story
Moral Short Story – The Hare and The Tortoise

The tortoise knew that he could not run fast like the hare. He thought, “Why not have some fun? I am not worried about failure. ” So he said, ” I am ready for the race” and accepted the challenge. The forest friends fixed a day for the race.

Hare and Tortoise Story
The Hare and The Tortoise Story with PDF

On the fixed day, both the hare and the tortoise arrived at the starting point. They had to run up to a big banyan tree, nearly a mile away.  It was really, a long distance for the tortoise. The race started. The tortoise began to move forward slowly.  The hare ran at great speed.

Hare and Tortoise Story

After running for some time, the hare stopped to take a rest. The tortoise was far behind. “It will take him a long time to catch me”, thought the hare. He lay down under a shady tree and soon fell asleep. Meanwhile, the tortoise kept moving slowly and steadily. On the way, he saw the hare in deep sleep.

Hare and Tortoise Story
Short Story in English with moral

He continued to move and finally reached the winning point.

Hare and Tortoise Story

The hare woke up after some time and began to run fast. But it was too late now. When he reached the endpoint, he saw the tortoise waiting, with a smiling face. The hare hung his face in shame.

Hare and Tortoise Story
The Hare and The Tortoise – Short Story with pictures

Moral of the story:  

  • Slow and steady wins the race.

Popular Quote: 

  • “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop” – Confucius.

  • “The trees that are slow to grow to bear the best fruit” – Moliere

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