Once a hare and a tortoise were fast friends. They always lived together. Once the hare was in a good mood. He made fun of his heavy pace simply to tease him. The tortoise took it ill and challenged him to run a race. The swift-footed hare laughed at the challenge. He accepted it. Time, day, and the track were fixed. On the appointed day they lined up on the starting point. One of them said, “One, two and three and they started. The hare took a few hops and was soon far ahead of the tortoise. He lay under a cool, shady tree to rest and soon fell asleep. The tortoise walked on slowly but steadily. He passed the sleeping hare. The tortoise was near the winning post when the hare awoke. He ran as fast as his legs could carry him but in vain. The tortoise had reached the winning post before him. The hare was ashamed and never again made fun of his friend.
- Slow and Steady Wins the Race.