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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Caldecott: Fables

    Fables is exactly what the title states. It is a collection of fables, each having its own moral. For instance, a bad kangarro provides us with a meaningful moral, which is ¿A child¿s conduct will reflect the ways of his parents¿. I love this book because it teaches children so much about life but in a way for them to better understand. The illustrations are glowing and add to each fable. This book is written by Arnold Lobel. He has authored and illustrated more than seventy children¿s books. He received the Caldecott award for this particular book in 1981. This book relates to adults, as well as children. Lobel, Arnold. Fables. New York: Harper & Row, 1980. Reading level: Ages 4-8

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2006

    It is the high and mighty who have the longest distance to fall.

    Lobel, Arnold. Fables New York: Harper & Row, 1980. This book is a perfect novel for young children. It contains all of lifes lesson and explainations of many problems in several childhood stories. The author, Arnold Lobel, grew up in Schenectady, New York, where he lived with his grandparents. When he graduated from art school, he married Anita Kempler, and they moved to New York. He and his wife had two children, Adam and Adrianne. When he first started drawing pictures for children's books, Arnold Lobel got many of his ideas from the cartoons his children liked to watch. In the book, Fables, Lobel illustrates fables in a genius way by telling the stories through animated animals ranging from crocodile to ostrich. This book is a good illustration of children's fairy tales and myths. The short fable that I enjoyed the best was the King Lion and the Beetle. This fable tells of how one must not live 'above his means,' or acting as if they are better than their peers. In the story, the king is walking along a dirt path when he meets a beetle. The king thinks that the beetle is not bowing low enough, he leans over to take a closer look, only to topple over into a muddy ditch. The king went from thinking that he was above his counsel, 'I deserve this respect from my people, for truly I am every inch a king!', to being on the same level as his simple subjects. This book, Fables, is an excellent way for children to learn lifes lessons while having fun all at the same time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2006

    Fabulous Fables

    Fables is a collection of ¿Fables¿ each with its own moral. The Bad Kangaroo ends with the moral, ¿A child¿s conduct will reflect the ways of his parents.¿ King Lion and the Beetle has a wonderful moral which states, ¿It is the high and mighty who have the longest distance to fall.¿ Every charming fable is beautifully illustrated by the author, Arnold Lobel. Children and adults can connect with many of the fables in this book which depict life¿s lessons. The illustrations compliment the morals of these tales which will keep its readers smiling in agreement. Reading fables is a wonderful way to leave an impression in the minds of the readers. Arnold Lobel, grew up in Schenectady, New York, where he lived with his grandparents. Lobel published his first children¿s book in 1962. Lobel is the author and or illustrator of over 70 books for children. Fables, 1981, won a Caldecott Medal. Frog and Toad are Friends, 1971, and Hildilid's Night by Cheli Duran Ryan, 1972 are two of his Caldecott Honor Books. Also, Frog and Toad Together, 1973, was named as a Newbery Honor Book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2001

    Tongue in Cheek Animal Fables with Beautiful Illustrations

    This book won the Caldecott Medal for the best illustrated children's book of 1981. The book contains twenty one-page fables, facing a one page illustration of the key moment in each fable. The illustrations bring the morals of these tales to life in ways that will keep your children laughing. That will make the lessons more memorable, as well as more entertaining. The fables are uneven in the relevance and importance of their messages. I graded the book down one star for the several fables that are more irreverent than relevant. You can obtain more benefit for your child if you selectively read the fables to emphasize the more important ones. For an example of a weaker one consider The Pelican and the Crane. This is a story about a crane who invites a pelican to tea. The pelican is horribly uncouth and messy. The pelican complains that 'no one ever calls me.' The moral is stated as 'when one is a social failure, the reasons are as clear as day.' The narrower moral is about being inconsiderate, but that is never quite spelled out. So even the weaker fables can be tightened up with a little parental explanation. I thought that the following stories were comparable in quality to Aesop's Fables: The Crocodile in the Bedroom ('Without a doubt, there is such a thing as too much order.'; The Ducks and the Fox ('At times, a change of routine can be most healthful.'); King Lion and the Beetle ('It is the high and mighty who have the longest distance to fall.'); The Lobster and the Crab ('Even the taking of small risks will add excitement to life.'); The Hen and the Apple Tree ('It is always difficult to pose as something one is not.'); The Baboon's Umbrella ('Advice from friends is like the weather. Some of it is good; some of it is bad.'); The Frogs at the Rainbow's End ('The biggest hopes may lead to the greatest disappointments.'); The Camel Dancer ('Satisfaction will come to those who please themselves.'); Madame Rhinoceros and Her Dress ('Nothing is harder to resist than a bit of flattery.'); The Pig at the Candy Store ('A locked door is very likely to discourage temptation.'); and The Mouse at the Seashore ('All the miles of hard road are worth a moment of true happiness.'). In most cases, other lessons can be drawn from the same fables. I suggest that you and your child discuss what else you noticed in the stories. You can then add experiences that each of you have had during the day, and discuss the meaning of each. Remember that only those who wish to experience the most misery and injury themselves prefer to learn only from their own mistakes. Remember to look on the funny side of life's hard lessons! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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