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Instructor: Beth Hendricks

Beth holds a master's degree in integrated marketing communications, and has worked in journalism and marketing throughout her career.

Slow and steady wins the race! Or, at least that's what our story tells us. In this lesson, you'll learn more about Aesop's classic fable involving a slow, but persistent Tortoise and a boastful Hare.

Being Boastful

Do you know what it means to boast? Usually, being accused of being boastful is not a good thing. It means you talk about yourself in a way that's full of pride, typically when you're describing something you've accomplished.

Boasting is what got the best of one of the main characters in Aesop's The Tortoise and the Hare. Aesop, you see, wrote a whole collection of tales and short stories, called Aesop's Fables, that had deeper meaning. Fables are short stories that use animal characters to teach lessons. And that's exactly what Aesop did! He used various animals in real-life human situations to tell stories and to teach us lessons about things like friendship, being kind, or making it through a difficult situation. Aesop's fables have been around a long time, since the days of ancient Greece, and have been told over and over by every generation since.

Our story, The Tortoise and the Hare, might actually have two lessons. The first shows us the dangers of bragging about ourselves or our abilities. And the second shows us that we can accomplish much when we just keep moving forward. Let's take a look at a summary of this classic fable.

The Tortoise and the Hare Summary

The Hare was a boastful kind of guy. He was faster than all of his friends, and he knew it. He liked to brag about that to everyone. In fact, he was so confident of his great and speedy abilities that he liked to challenge his friends to race him. He knew if he raced, he could beat anybody.

One day, the Tortoise, who was probably tired of hearing the Hare's boastful ways, told the Hare that he would accept the challenge. The Tortoise was going to be willing to race the speedy Hare. The only problem is that, Tortoises, unlike Hares, are pretty slow. It seems like an unlikely win for the Tortoise, right?

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