In collaboration with A. Ting (8 years old)
Rabbit and Tortoise are good friends. One day, they decided to race each other to the top of the hill. Rabbit knew he was the faster runner so, he was very sure he could win the race. The proud bunny laughed at his friend and bragged, “Ha-ha-ha! You can’t win. I am the fastest animal in the world!” “No, you’re not! Last I heard, Cheetah always stole the show when it came to racing!” Tortoise retorted. “Prepare to eat my dust then,” Rabbit replied snidely.
So off whizzed Rabbit, swifter than the wind. When he was halfway through the race, he felt very hungry. He was over the moon when he saw rows of carrots growing by the roadside. He pulled some carrots up from the garden patch and began to munch on the juicy sticks. After eating, he stretched on the soft grass and soon fell fast asleep.
Unlike Rabbit, Tortoise never stopped until he reached the top of the hill. Wiping the sweat from his brow, he settled down to wait for his boastful friend to appear. Rabbit finally woke up and continued his way, all the while thinking that his slow-moving buddy was still lagging behind. Confident of winning, he resumed his race. To his embarrassment, Tortoise was already at the finishing point waiting patiently for him. Blushing to the tips of his long, furry ears, he ran to hide in his burrow and did not show his face for a month.