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Once upon a time, in a lush green forest known as Emerald Woods, lived a little squirrel named Sammy. Sammy was a very curious squirrel with sparkling brown eyes and a bushy tail. He liked to spend his time exploring the forest, chattering with the birds, playing with the rabbits, and learning about different plants. But what Sammy loved the most was collecting nuts in his little home high up in a mighty oak tree. His home was cozy and filled with the sweet smell of acorns and pinecones. In the same forest lived a wise old tortoise named Toby. Toby was known for his patience and kindness. Often, he would sit by the crystal clear stream, taking long hours to sip cool water and bask in the sun. Sammy admired Toby's calm nature but could never understand why Toby always moved so slowly. "Why don't you hurry up, Toby? It would be so much fun", Sammy would often ask, but Toby would just smile and carry on at his own pace. One sunny morning, a great race was announced in the forest. The challenge was to reach the tallest tree at the furthest end of the forest. And guess what? Sammy, with his swift speed, decided to participate, confident that he would win. Toby, the tortoise, also decided to join the race. All the animals of the forest were surprised. "But Toby, you are so slow! How will you win the race?" they asked. Toby just smiled and said, "We'll see." The day of the race arrived. With a hoot from the wise old owl, Sammy and Toby started the race. As expected, Sammy sprinted ahead, leaving Toby behind. He darted up the trees, hopped over the logs, and sprinted through the bushes. Every now and then, he would look back and see Toby slowly inching forward, which made Sammy even more confident. Somewhere in the middle of the race, Sammy looked back and saw Toby lagging far behind. He decided to rest for a while, and soon, he fell asleep. Meanwhile, Toby the tortoise, with his slow and steady pace, kept moving forward. He did not let the distance or Sammy's lead bother him. The sun was beginning to set when Toby finally reached the tallest tree, thereby finishing the race. Sammy woke up from his nap and was shocked to see Toby at the finish line. He realized he had spent too much time resting, thinking he could easily win, but he was wrong. The forest resounded with cheers for Toby. Sammy, feeling sad for losing the race, went up to Toby. Toby looked at Sammy and said, "Dear Sammy, it's not always the swift who win the race. One should never underestimate others based on their speed or appearance. Remember, slow and steady can also win the race." From that day onward, Sammy understood the value of consistency and patience. He respected Toby even more and realized that speed was not everything. He learned an important lesson that day - 'Slow and steady wins the race'. So, my little friends, remember Sammy and Toby's story and never underestimate anyone because each one of us is unique in our own way.