The Race of Toad and Deer
Written by Pat Mora
Illustrated by Domi
Publication Date September 01, 2001
Pat Mora and Domi have created a poetic adaptation of the Maya version of the much-loved fable of the tortoise and the hare.The arrogant deer who boasts of his strength and speed is finally challenged to a race by the wily toad. While all the wondrous animals of the jungle -- jaguar, tapir, armadillo and toucan -- gather around to watch, the toad makes a plan. He may not be as large as Venado, but he is very clever and has many friends to help him.
In the end, Sapo defeats the deer, proving the value of brain over brawn. This version of the story was passed down by Don Fernado Tesucun, a Maya-Itzaj man who worked on the excavations of the ruins of Tikal.
Pat Mora is one of the most important American writers for children to have come from the Latino tradition. She is the award-winning author of numerous children's books, including The Night the Moon Fell / La noche que se cayó la luna and The Race of Toad and Deer / La carrera del sapo y el venado, both illustrated by Domi. Founder of Día (El día de los niños / El día de los libros — Children's Day / Book Day), Pat is an honorary member of the American Library Association. She lives in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
Domi's wonderful illustrations appear in many children's books, including the Napí titles by Antonio Ramírez; The Night the Moon Fell (La noche que se cayó la luna) and The Race of Toad and Deer (La carrera del sapo y el venado) by Pat Mora; The Girl from Chimel, The Honey Jar and The Secret Legacy by Rigoberta Menchú; and The Story of Colors by Zapatista hero Sub-Comandante Marcos. Domi is Mazateca and grew up in Oaxaca, Mexico.