Book: The Two Cars

The Two Cars
by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

Two cars driving
One car will win
One a new model
One a has-been

Two cars driving
One speeding test
One finishes first
One finishes best

Note: I admit to never having heard of Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire until I came across this delightful book, but they were two of the best known authors of the last century (learn something new everyday!)

It’s the tortoise and the hare – who both make appearances, btw – but in auto form. And while there’s no talk of bailouts or (gasp!) nationalization, there is a very timely story about old technology versus new and the difference between being first and being the best.

Be warned though. This is a looooooong story, and not the type where you can skip over sections either – the kiddos will notice! But it holds their attention with its alternating black-and-white and color illustrations. And you’ll have a great time coming up with different character voices. Our old car – the stick shift – sounds like Gomer Pyle. Our new car – the automatic – is a smash-up of Wilhelmina Slater and Steve Stifler.

Go figure.

This is the beauty of reading aloud – all those crazy impersonations that were once relegated to your bathroom mirror can be shared with a whole new generation.


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