Read Aloud Hall of Fame (#4): HARE AND TORTOISE by Alison Murray
You need a book. A can’t miss book. A read aloud that will cast a wide net and pull everyone in. This is the idea behind The 100 Scope Notes Read Aloud Hall of Fame.
In each post I’ll share a read aloud that has never let me down. Some will be obvious and popular. Others lesser-known. All will be story time gold.
Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray
Folktales are folktales for a reason, people. They’re good stories. The problem is that many young readers have heard the tales so often they lose their magic. Credit to Alison Murray, then, for adapting the “Slow and steady” classic in a way that remains true to the original yet feels as fresh as a carrot yanked out of the ground. The breathtaking conclusion will have you feeling like you’re calling the Kentucky Derby as you read. I pull this one out every year and it hasn’t disappointed me yet.
Read Aloud Tip:
Read aloud vets know the power of switching up your pace. For this book, I really like to lean into the quick, sing-songy speech of Hare, and the plodding yet hopeful speech of Tortoise.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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