From the Publisher
"An unusually attractive edition." Kirkus Reviews
"Each of the concisely written fables, followed by its pithy moral in boldface italics, is illustrated by a single etching on the facing page. . . . [T]he book is a tribute to the beauty of black and white, matching wonderful, bold design with rich detail." The New York Times
"Bader's thought-provoking introduction discusses the origins of what the world knows as Aesop's fables. . . . Small detailed creatures set against the buff backgrounds exquisitely personify the emotions and dilemmas." Booklist, ALA, Boxed Review
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Aesop has become synonymous with fables, and here are twenty of his best known such as "The North Wind and the Sun," "The Country Mouse and the City Mouse," "The Lion and the Mouse," and "The Tortoise and the Hare." The tellings are clear and concise, with the "moral of the story" stated at the end. The neutral-toned etchings are the perfect accompaniment. In fact, one could use the illustrations to get children to tell the fables in their own words. The introduction makes this an invaluable Aesop edition. Bader provides insight into the universality and timelessness of Aesop's fables while presenting him in both fact and legend. Add to this the beautiful design of the book and the creamy high-quality paper, and one discovers that this would make an ideal gift.
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-- An interesting combination of Aesop commentary plus 19 of the best-known fables, decorated with etchings of uneven quality. From the book's 12-page introduction, it's clear that Bader has done her homework on the man and the fables attributed to him. The known truths about him are very few, so she falls back on retelling many of the half-truths and embroideries of his life. Readers may be left a bit confused as to who Aesop really was but they will have a much better idea of how the fables evolved throughout the centuries. The retellings are brief, to the point, and include the requisite moral. Geisert's accomplished etchings have much to recommend them but are never entirely successful as illustrations. The backgrounds are rendered in a fairly naturalistic style; the jarring element is the cartoon execution of the animal and human characters in the foreground. Lacking the visual depth and charm of the backdrop, they remain uninvolved. While Bader's introduction will be useful to anyone with a serious interest in the subject, these versions of the fables and their visual interpretations are not remarkable enough to justify widespread purchase. --Denise Anton Wright, Library Book Selection Service, Inc., Bloomington, IL