The Tortoise and the Hare

a fun, animated story of friendship and determination

Download the complete story for free now. Add animations to the book using an in-app purchase.

“The wind kept blowing, and the rain kept coming down, until all the ground was covered in deep, muddy puddles. But Tortoise didn’t give up. He kept moving forward, slow and steady.”


Join Tortoise and his animal friends Wolf, Fox, Crow, and Hare in this tale of friendship and determination, inspired by Aesop’s classic fable.

Available for iPad and iPhone

Aesop releases our apps on iPhone and your iPad. Tortoise and Hare is optimized to provide you with the best possible user experience on whatever device you own. Access the app on your iPhone and on your iPad with a download from the app store.

iPhone users can easily access all of the same features that are available in the iPad version.

Color illustrated storybook pages and animations

The download includes the complete story with over thirty illustrated pages and animations. Aesop’s five animal friends bound through the forest in this colorful adventure filled with joyful characters and beautiful backgrounds. The animal characters are animated so that each page of the book comes alive with activity allowing children to watch, read, and hear the story.

Appropriate storybook text for readers of all ages

Special grow-with-me text switches the book between a full-length story for children and a short story for toddlers, new readers, or those nights when parents want a quick story time. Older children can enjoy the full length story with 32 illustrated pages of excitement and adventure. The short story version trims the adventure down to 23 pages and changes the text to small, simple words so that younger children and new readers can easily enjoy the book.