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The Tortoise and the Hare

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The Tortoise and the Hare Part II
The Hare went as fast as he could, but it was of no use, for as he went over the last hill, he could see the Tortoise ahead of him, crossing the finish line ever so slowly.
The Hare went as fast as he could, but it was of no use, for as he went over the last hill, he could see the Tortoise ahead of him, crossing the finish line ever so slowly.
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Below is the second part of "The Tortoise and the Hare."

Meanwhile, the Tortoise had been making slow but steady progress. He had been happily moving along one step at a time, enjoying the scenery of the race course and greeting the other animals along the way. After quite some time, he

came upon the sleeping Hare.

"Hello, friend Owl! Hello, friend Squirrel," said the Tortoise quietly, so as not to wake the Hare. "It is a beautiful day, is it not?"

"Yes it is," chirped the Squirrel. "Keep up the good work!"

"Thank you," replied the Tortoise, as he slowly moved along, enjoying the sun and the warm breeze.

While the foolish Hare slept, the Tortoise continued to make his way patiently along the trail. Over hills and through the forest, the Tortoise slowly plodded along. Hours passed as he crept past a brook, moseyed through a field, and walked along beside a pond. He could see the finish line not far ahead of him. Still the Hare dozed away.

When the sun began to grow low in the sky, a cool breeze blew, chilling the Hare. At last he awoke.

"Oh my!" said the Hare with a start. "How long have I been sleeping? The race! I must get back to the race!"

"You had better hurry if you want to win," hooted the old Owl. "The Tortoise passed here hours ago."

The Hare was surprised to hear that he had been asleep so long.

"I'd better get moving!" he said, and darted off in a panic. The Hare scampered along, and tripped and fell many times as he scrambled to make up for the time that he had lost to his long nap. The Hare ran and ran.

The Hare went as fast as he could, but it was of no use, for as he went over the last hill, he could see the Tortoise ahead of him, crossing the finish line ever so slowly.

"I declare, the Tortoise has beaten the Hare!" barked the Fox.

As the animals cheered and congratulated the Tortoise, the Hare came puffing, out of breath and dragging himself along along the trail.

"How could you have beaten me?" said the Hare. "You are so slow and I am so fast!"

"That is right, Mr. Hare," said the Tortoise.

"I may be slow, but I am patient and steady, and I never stopped going. You see, my friend," said the Tortoise with a smile, "slow and steady wins the race!"

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