The Tortoise and The Hare Christmas Ornament
Merck Family's Old World Christmas, 12197
Ornament does not come in a box
The story of The Tortoise and The Hare teaches us that keeping to your task, and continuing slow and steady, wins the race. it is the hard working, diligent tortoise who crosses the finish line first - beating the faster, but easily distracted hare - and wins the blue ribbon.
This cute storybook ornament is approximately 4" in ht and 2 1/2" in width. It is exquisitely detailed with many brilliant paints and glitters.
Old World Christmas Ornaments are mouth blown, hand painted by master craftsmen in China. This ornament would make a great addition to your collection! Looks great with The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood.
THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE
"Why do you move along so slowly?" said a hare to a tortoise. "Let me show you how to get over the ground."
"You think I am slow, do you?" replied the tortoise. "Let us run a race to the cross-roads. I think I can beat you."
"Do you hear that?" said the hare to a fox, who was standing near. "Could anyone even think that such a slow-coach could beat me in a race?"
"It would be a good joke if he did," said the fox. "Do you wish to run a race? I will be the judge, if you care to have me." "That suits me well," answered the hare. "I am willing," said the tortoise.
So the fox marked off a place for starting, and set up a stake at the goal. The hare and the tortoise stood side by side, and at the command, "Go!", from the fox, they began the race.
The hare bounded along and was very soon far ahead of the tortoise. He called back to the fox, "I think I shall take a little nap before I finish the race; the tortoise will not reach here for an hour or more." So he lay down in some bushes and went to sleep.
Every minute brought the tortoise a little nearer to the goal. He did not stop for a second. At last he passed the hare, but the hare still slept. On and on he plodded; it was a long way, but he had no thought of stopping. He came nearer and nearer the goal. At last his foot touched the stake.
The hare wakened, stretched himself, and leaped toward the goal. "What, you''re here!" he cried when he saw the tortoise. "How did you ever reach here?"
"Just by keeping at it," said the tortoise.