Hare and Tortoise Race Across Israel by Laura Gehl
A classic fable is retold – but in a unique environment! -- in Hare and Tortoise Race Across Israel. “I may not be as fast as a train, but I am certainly faster than you,” Hare tells his friend Tortoise. They embark on a race from Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea. As the animals race across the country, they’re drawn not to well-known landmarks in Israel, but are instead seen enjoying slices of everyday Israeli life. Hare watches soccer games and street performers while Tortoise enjoys falafel and rugelach; they see the cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, but also the Judean Hills and the desert.
This sweet story celebrates kindness and friendship, even in the midst of competition. While Hare races on ahead, Tortoise takes the time to call “Shalom!” to everyone he passes, and even offers Hare some of his falafel. A familiar story, with just enough unique detail to paint a picture of contemporary Israel.
Paperback book 2013