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The Race of Toad and Deer by Pat Mora
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The Race of Toad and Deer

by Pat Mora

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This book is the Maya retelling of the tale of the tortoise and the hair. The animals are different but the story is the same. It is paired with beautifully vivid and colorful watercolor illustrations. ( )
  hdmorgan | Jun 8, 2017 |
A Mayan adaptation of the traditional fable of the tortoise and the hare, but set in a beautiful bright watercolor jungle. A big powerful deer underestimates the strength of a toad and challenge him to race him to prove he is faster, to his disappointment, discover at the end, that being the biggest animal doesn't mean the faster or in this case, the smartest, capable of tricking the deer, along his other toad friends to win the race. A very catchy rhythm with the inclusion of rhymes, and in a mix of English and Spanish. The ideal story to share with all ages, especially younger ages, and empower those children unaware of their potential.
  eearly15 | Apr 12, 2016 |
Genre: Fantasy (fiction)

How I would use this book: I would use this book as a read-aloud for reading time.

Summary: A deer named uncle Keej, who is the boastful of the jungle, is challenged to a race by a toad named uncle Much. Uncle Much plans his victory in order to teach uncle Keej a lesson. ( )
  DaliaL. | Jan 28, 2016 |
Venado the deer orders Sapo the frog to stop singing. Sapo challenges Venado to a race. Venado is very confident that he will win and laughs at Sapo. Sapo wins the race because he has all the support of his friends cheering him on.
The illustrations were beautifully painted with bright watercolor. They are almost child-like which is very unique and would appeal to young audiences. It shows children that no matter your size or if people doubt you, you can do anything you put your mind to. It is important to have friends and loved ones. If it wasn't for the help of Sapo's friends, he would not have won the race. I would like to read this to a Spanish class or a Spanish populated class because of all the Spanish words incorporated. ( )
  hspanier | Nov 18, 2015 |
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In this second book by the Latina pair, Pat Mora has created a poetic adaptation of the Maya version of the much-loved fable of the tortoise and the hare. The arrogant deer who boasts of his strength and speed is finally challenged to a race by the wily toad. While all the wondrous animals of the jungle - jaguar, tapir, armadillo and toucan - gathered around to watch, the toad makes a plan. He may not be as large as Venado, but he is very clever and has many friends to help him.

In the end, Sapo defeats the deer, proving the value of brain over brawn. This version of the story was passed down by Don Fernado Tesucun, a Maya-Itzaj man who worked on the excavations of the ruins of Tikal.

The rich and beautiful collaboration between Pat Mora and Domi perfectly exemplifies the value of artisits' retelling of stories from their own cultures.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:14 -0400)

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With the help of his friends, Tio Sapo, the toad, defeats the overconfident Tio Venado, the deer, in a race.

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