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Also available in Korean, published by Glendoman, 8951720934.
Cover of original edition, Orchard Books:
The Race of Toad and Deer
La carrera del sapo y el venado
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.
"In this Guatemalan variation of the tortoise-and-hare fable, the laurels go not to virtuous persistence but to crafty teamwork. Lightly peppered with Spanish expressions, the text is organically bicultural."—Publishers Weekly
“In this delightful retelling of a Maya myth, readers can appreciate the elements of other universal folktales, such as the trickster and the tortoise and the hare … This truly beautiful book is appropriate for all collections and bookstores, and is a brilliant selection for story time. Highly recommended.”—Starred review, Críticas