Aesop was born in Thrace but was taken as a slave to the island of Samos in the Adriatic in the 6th century BC. Small Greek tortoises would have lived there – they are half the size of hares. Fables make pertinent comments on human behaviour and the moral of this one is timeless: ‘Steady effort brings rewards.’ Set in southern Europe at anytime. Purple level titles introduce a variety of topics to promote reading for pleasure and offer plenty of opportunities to look at rhyme and rhythm within words to build fluency and phrasing. Available for Levels 15-24, PM Traditional Tales and Plays retell classic tales in a simplified language and form that children can understand. Teachers use the tales in guided reading sessions and children can later read them with confidence and understanding. Parts are colour-coded for easy recognition.
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