A class of woodland animals looks forward to "Ribbon Day", the last day of school, in which awards are given. When Tory Turtle wins both the science fair and the short story contest, Barnaby Bunny steals her ribbons and refuses to return them unless she can beat him in a race. Tory Turtle, Cathy Caterpillar, the only one in her class who hasn't turned into a butterfly yet, and Billy Blue Jay, a determined little bird with a broken wing, trail behind their faster classmates. Once the race has already been won by speedy Carey Cardinal, some bigger animals invite Barnaby Bunny to help their team win at kick ball. The overconfident bunny leaves the race and the turtle who is still struggling to catch up. He returns from the game to find Tory Turtle crossing the finish line.