I hadn’t heard of this story before but I really enjoyed it! It’s about a rabbit and a crab that have a race, to get the carrot/carrot tops that they have grown together. It reminded me of The Tortoise and The Hare.
Crab was a sneaky character. Sneaky but clever you might say! After not agreeing about dividing up the carrots and carrot tops. Rabbit suggests a race to the big cactus. Whoever got to the big cactus first got the carrots, and whoever got their last would get the carrot tops. Rabbit wanted to let Crab go first but Crab insisted that Rabbit should go first. Rabbit thought he was foolish, but in fact Crab had seized Rabbit’s tail had had been taken along for the ride. As Rabbit reached the cactus and turned around to see where Crab was, Crab released his claws and dropped onto the carrot pile.
Rabbit was very cross and thought he must have been tricked, but he couldn’t work out how he’d been beaten by a slow crab!
An extract from A Year Full of Stories, by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Christopher Corr (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2016)