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This book is dedicated to my parents! For their endless love, support and encouragement

And to the students of Grade II and III

And YOU!! If you stuck with Rabbit and Tortoise till the End!


Consistency always wins

Sahla Tariq

ACKNOWLEDGMENT First and foremost, I would like to thank Allah S.W.T who gives me strength to reach for the stars and chase my dreams. I acknowledge with gratitude to Usman Public School, a channel through which my writing skills are being polished day by day. Next, I would like to sincerely thank to my teacher Miss. Mehreen Ajaz, who gives me this opportunity in the form of summer vacations home task. My story book would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of my lovely parents. Words cannot express my gratitude to my grandfather for his assistance in polishing and proof reading of this story. My sisters deserve my wholehearted thanks as well. Without their continued efforts and support, I would have not been able to bring my work to a successful completion. This story is only a beginning of my journey.

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Consistency always wins

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PREFACE It is a great opportu ity for e to rite Consistency Always Wins. It is the second versio of the ‘a it a d Tortoise s ra e i which rabbit challenged tortoise to win from him. The story was finished at the victory of tortoise. This end seems to be incomplete. When I used to listen this story in my early childhood, many questions arose in my mind like what happened next after the race? Did rabbit angry or wanted to take revenge from tortoise? And did tortoise feeling proud or not? I am sure these questions would also stick to e ery hild s i d that liste s or ill liste this story e er. I try my best to give this story a proper end. I hope children will find it interesting and exciting. Regards,

Sahla Tariq Karachi th 8 august 2013

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H

ave you ever listened the story of Rabbit and Tortoise s ra e i hi h tortoise o the race against rabbit? Today I am going to tell you what happened after the race. On the next day, rabbit was so angry that how he lost the race against slow and lazy tortoise. He thought that he would hop hundred times faster than the tortoise.

How I lose the race?? HOW IS IT POSSIBLE!!!!

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He went to the king of the Jungle, the Great Lion and complained him wickedly.

He started to shed his tears, he told him, O Majesty! Help me with justi e. The king asked, What happened with you, tell me! Rabbit said, You’re Highness! Yesterday, I had a race with tortoise; he cheated with me and won the race. 5


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As a result, my mates make a fun of me and call me Loser. I would request you to throw tortoise out of the jungle as a punishment of heati g. Lion listened him carefully and after a few minutes, he said that now your matter is being discussed infront of my board of ministers. Rabbit accepted his decision. After one hour, all ministers along with Mr. Fox ere sitti g i fro t of ki g s a e Pala e.

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Mr. Fox, who was a clever and far-sighted, listened the story and took permission from lion to speak. Lion nodded his head. Mr.fox gave his opinion that the race should be held again before announcing any punishment for tortoise. The king agreed with Mr.fox and declared, The race will be held tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. a d it will e fro ki g’s Cave Palace to Rabbit Colony which is on the hill. The one who wins the race, will become the in- charge of his town and the loser will e throw out of the ju gle .

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The crows spread this news in the jungle as a fire.

BREAKING NEWS!!!

TOMORROW IS THE RACE!!

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Everyone got busy in the preparation of the event. The elephants fixed the camp, monkeys arranged the chairs properly. The supporters of rabbit and tortoise made the inspirational banners.

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That night, rabbit could not sleep as he was thinking tricks to overcome the tortoise. On the other hand, tortoise took a sound sleep.

I will put some big stones in the way of tortoise...

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It was bright sunny morning, the whole jungle gathered in the ground. Some of them were holding banners while others were shouting and motivating the rabbit and tortoise. Rabbit is the best from all the rest! The voice arose among the ra it s supporters. The tortoise followers gave answer in following words, We hate to lose more than we like to win!

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Everyone was very excited and lost their patience to start the race. But WAIT! Where is the rabbit? Every eye was looking around for the rabbit. The king sent dogs to ra it s house. Whe they reached there, they saw that rabbit was snoring.

Dogs started barking. Rabbit heard the sound and woke up. He swiftly changed the dress and came hurriedly to the ground without having breakfast. 12


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Both competitors were on the start line. The three judges: Head of Ministry Mr. Fox, Professor Owl and Chief of Air Martial Mr. Eagle whistled and the race started.

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As the race started, rabbit quickly covered the given distance and reached near Carrot Field.

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When he saw reddish and juicy carrots, his mouth filled with water and butterflies started flying in his tummy. He ran fast towards the field and thought, if I will eat some of the carrots, I can run more comfortably and easily win the race. He ate, ate and ate until his stomach made strange sounds. After it, he felt drowsiness and few minutes later, he went to sleep.

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Here, the tortoise walked slowly and reached the hill. Now, his hard time was started. He felt diffi ulty i li i g up a hill ut he did t give up and kept climbing.

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Rabbit woke up with the sudden noise of fireworks. He was shocked and darted towards the winning point. But what he saw was beyond his imagination. The tortoise was standing on the victory stand and the King was giving him a medal.

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As King announced him the in-charge of his town, all elephants trumpeted, horses neighed, monkeys chattered and wolves howled in the honor of tortoise. Hooray!! Our tortoise won! tortoise passed his smile to them and answered their slogans by waving his hands.

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Next day, when rabbit was thrown out of the jungle, the tortoise came to the lion and asked him to forgive the rabbit. Lion slightly smiled and allowed rabbit to live in the jungle. He was embarrassed and apologized to tortoise. Tortoise came forward and hugged him. All animals were happy seeing him as friends.

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MORAL From this story, we learn that we should not to be proud of ourselves because in Quran Allah S.W.T said, A d Allah likes ot prideful oasters. (Surah Al-Hadeed: 57) If we have something extraordinary, its means it is the blessing of Allah S.W.T and we will be questioned about that on the Day of Judgment. So, we should utilize our talents in the way of Allah S.W.T and not to be proud of ourselves. Moreover, the story gives us the lesso that Hard work is the way to su ess. Co siste y a d concerted efforts make impossible things, possible.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Sahla Tariq is 12 years old girl. She is studying in Usman Public School and student of Grade 6. She loves to write both fiction and non-fiction stories. She always participates in creative writing competitions held by school and got certificates. “Consistency always wins� is her first story book. Besides writing, she shows her interest in art competitions, speeches, debates and other co-curricular activities. Last year, she got a shield of academic excellence.

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