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Story of the day – The Hare and the Tortoise.

Since we just celebrated World Turtle day a few days ago, I figured this would be a great story to start the series with. We all remember how the over-confident hare challenged the meek tortoise and eventually lost the race. Here’s an animated video of 'The Hare and the Tortoise' story showing how it all happened.

What do we learn from the story – The Hare and the Tortoise?


Every year May 23 is celebrated as World Turtle day. This year, the main issues highlighted were - extinction of turtles, tortoises and their habitats, humans role in destroying this species and the most important one being –ignorance and carelessness. Sometimes we are ignorant about something being wrong whereas the other times we are just too careless to do anything about it.

So here I am, writing about a story that started with a tortoise. It’s a well-known story with morals that will take us back to being kids and teach us some of the moral values and principles that we have long forgotten. Also, if you’ve been meaning to teach moral values to your kids, this would be a great way to get them started on the lessons.

The Hare and the Tortoise

1) Slow and steady wins the race

This is the most popular moral that this story teaches. When you’ve set a goal, no matter what the odds, if you keep going you will get to your objective. Kids need to learn that the journey to success is more important than the actual victory. A good person works hard will never resort to unethical means to reach his goal, instead he keeps

2) Never make fun of anyone's weakness

Calling others weak won’t make you strong. Teach your kids that making fun of others or ganging up on someone weaker than them is mean and cruel. We should be compassionate towards others.

3) Arrogance will always cause more harm than good

Don’t confuse confidence with arrogance. Where confidence is good for self-development, arrogance can lead to just as many disasters. Teach your kids the difference between being condifdent and acting like an arrogant ‘Know-it-all’.

4) A truly humble person is the strongest of all

Humility is one of the best virtues to possess. A humble person inspires trust and confidence from people around him. Practice what you preach to your kids. Be a humble person and encourage your kid to be the same.

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5) Never give up when faced with failure

Without failures we wouldn't appreciate all the good thing in life. The never-give-up spirit in kids needs to be nurtured at home first. Make your life an example for your kids so that they learn never to cower in times of difficulties.


Anuradha Javeri (author) on July 26, 2013:

Hey Mazlan, thanks for reading my hub. I'm glad it was useful to you. And sure you can do the same with your articles. It'll be my pleasure to read your hubs. Do let me know when you publish any stories :)

Mazlan A from Malaysia on July 23, 2013:

Anuradha, I did not know that there's a World Turtle Day until I read your article. Thanks for sharing. I like the way you put the issues and moral behind the story. I will probably do the same for my future children's stories. Hope you don't mind!

Anuradha Javeri (author) on June 20, 2013:

Thank you for reading and liking my hub. I'm glad it was helpful. Have a great day :)

Dianna Mendez on June 19, 2013:

Great look at this old tale and how to use it to teach morals. I have always enjoyed this one as it teaches patience is a virtue. You have creative talent, friend.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 18, 2013:

The hare and the tortoise has been brought down for generations from my days till now. Lots of morals to teach children and they learn the knowledge from the story itself. Thanks for listing the morals. Could read them loud to my kids. Voted up

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