By J. Law (9 years old)
A long time ago, Rabbit and Tortoise were good friends. Rabbit was very proud of his ability to run fast. On the other hand, Tortoise struggled mightily to travel a mile.
One day, Rabbit felt bored, so he came up with an idea to relieve his boredom. “Let’s have a race!” he suggested to Tortoise enthusiastically. Tortoise hesitantly agreed, knowing he would unlikely outrun his bunny friend.
When the race started, Tortoise crawled as fast as he could on his four short legs while Rabbit zoomed off like a motorcycle. Halfway through the race course, Rabbit decided to take a break as he was feeling a little tired. He knew that his hard-shelled buddy was left far behind. He plopped down onto the soft bed of grass under a big shady oak tree and was soon fast asleep.
Meanwhile, Tortoise never stopped. He moved steadily at his tortoise’s pace towards the finishing point. As he passed the rabbit sleeping under the tree, he smirked, “So Rabbit thinks he’s the clear winner in this race, does he? Well, he’s in for a big disappointment!”
True enough, Tortoise was the first runner to reach the finishing point and was declared the victorious winner. When Rabbit finally woke up, he sped all the way to the finishing line but to his bitter dismay, Tortoise was already there with a smug smile on his green scaly face. Rabbit could only hang his head in shame. He had learnt an important lesson, “Be ready to eat a big slice of humble pie when you get too pumped up with pride!”