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M ich a e l H agu e’s


ichael Hague has illustrated

more than twenty children’s classics. He
is also the artist for several popular books
written by his wife, Kathleen. He lives in
Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Praise for Michael Hague:
Good Night, Fairies
“Michael Hague’s signature intricate illustrations reveal an enchanting miniature world.”
—Publishers Weekly

Tr e a su r e d Cl a ssics

The Nutcracker
“Michael Hague’s lushly colored drawings
enhance the tale.” —The Sacramento Bee
The Book of Fairy Poetry
“Filled with the stunning illustrations we’ve
come to expect from Hague.”
—School Library Journal
The Children’s Book of Virtues
“Hague’s plentiful artwork adds enormously
to the charm of the collection.” —Booklist

Jacket illustration © 2011
by Michael Hague.
Jacket design by Natalie Davis.
Manufactured in China, July 2011.

$19.99 U.S./£12.99 U.K.


cclaimed illustrator

Mi c h ael Hag ue’ s


Michael Hague brings his hallmark
artistry to fourteen classic stories that
no child should be without. From Jack
in the Beanstalk to Cinderella and The
Gingerbread Man to The Sleeping
Beauty, each story is lush with detail
and loaded with magic. A wealth of
fable and fantasy, truly to be treasured.

M ic ha el Ha g ue’s


The Story



The Elves

and the



The Grasshopper

and the



The Sleeping Beauty


and the



Little Red Riding-Hood

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Gingerbread Man

The Tortoise

and the



The Three Little Pigs

The Princess

and the



The Ugly Duckling


and the

Three Bears



The Tortoise
and The Hare


nce upon a time there was a boastful hare. Every day he
bragged to the other animals that he could run faster than
anyone else.
One day the tortoise, annoyed by such bragging, answered
back, “Who do you think you are? There’s no denying you’re
swift, but even you can be beaten!”
The hare squealed with laughter. “Beaten? In a race? By whom?”
asked the hare. “Not you, surely. There is no one as slow as you! I
challenge anyone here to race with me.”
The tortoise said, “I accept your challenge.”
“That is a good joke!” said the hare.
“Keep your boasting till you’ve beaten me,” answered the tortoise.
A course was agreed upon, and the next day at dawn the tortoise
and the hare stood at the starting line. The fox signaled for the race
to begin. While the meek tortoise lumbered slowly off, the hare
sprinted forward and was soon out of sight.


After he had run a ways, the hare stopped. Looking back, he saw
how far ahead he was from his slow rival, and he decided there was
no harm in taking a quick nap.
The hare woke with a start from his nap but, gazing around, he
discovered the tortoise had traveled only a short distance. The hare
laughed and decided he might as well have breakfast too. Off he
went to munch some cabbages he had noticed in a nearby field.
The heavy meal and the hot sun made his eyelids droop.
With a careless glance at the tortoise, now halfway along the
course, the hare decided to have another snooze before completing the race. Smiling at the thought of the animals’ faces
when they saw the hare speed across the finish line, he fell fast
asleep and was soon snoring.
The sun started to sink below the horizon, and the tortoise,
who had been plodding toward the winning line since morning, was scarcely a yard from the finish. At that very moment,
the hare woke with a jolt. He could see the tortoise a speck in
the distance, and away he dashed.



Just a little more and the hare would be first at the finish. But
his last leap was just too late, for the tortoise had beaten him to the
winning post. Poor hare! Embarrassed, he slumped down beside the
tortoise, who was smiling.
Slow and steady does it every time!

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