It’s just not logical…

…that in the story, “The Hare and the Tortoise”, the arrogant hare that was far ahead in the race decided to go to sleep, allowing the tortoise to overtake him and win the race.

So, when I was writing one of my English practice workbooks for SPM students, I decided to change it as in the extract below.

…”With a clear display of determination, the tortoise edged forward slowly on its way, taking one sluggish step at a time while the hare stayed put at the starting line, buckling over in fits of hysterical laughter at the sight, unable to start running.  Finally, when he was able to pull himself together, he bolted off at lightning speed, but not before the mean streak in him made him kick the poor tortoise out of the way. ‘Step aside, David! Here comes Rabbit Beckham!” he hollered at the top of his voice, giving his opponent one mighty kick that sent him flying into the air.

But as Forrest Gump would say, ‘Life is a box of chocolates;you never know what you’ll get,’ and the tortoise came crashing down on the head of the hare who had the misfortune of being at the wrong place at the wrong time, knocking himout cold…The tortoise fell onto the ground and by sheer luck and coincidence, rolled straight towards the finishing line.  The animals held their breath in suspense as the tortoise stuck his head and legs out of the shell. Feeling a little airsick after the extremely turbulent flight, the tortoise staggered wobbly forward and crossed the finishing line…”

Now, isn’t that a lot more logical? As a matter of fact, it amazes me that many fairy tales and children’s stories are full of things that do not make sense at all and some are quite violent and frightening even, yet they are so popular worldwide. Would you read them to your children?