The mother and son author team of Toni and Slade Morrison provides a twist to the classic fable. The characters are the same: the speedy rabbit and the slow tortoise. However, a new back story to the race is provided. Jimi the rabbit is so fast that he has no friends; Jami the tortoise is so smart he has no friends. Both contestants have come up with a way to “win” the race according to their own definition of success. Jimi feels he has won having crossed the finish line first. Jamey claims victory by having the headline focused on him because of his unexpected loss. Both contestants finish the story as friends.
Parents will probably have to explain to younger readers how both characters could think that they had won when only one crossed the finish line first. In addition, Jami the tortoise is shown boarding buses, trains, and planes. Most children would identify that behavior as cheating. This does not read as a satisfactory retelling of the familiar fable.