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'The story goes that a sow who had delivered a whole litter of piglets loudly accosted a lioness. "How many children do you breed?" asked the sow. "I breed only one," said the lioness, "but he is very well bred!"' The fables of Aesop have become one of the most enduring traditions of European culture, ever since they were first written down nearly two millennia ago. Aesop was reputedly a tongue-tied slave who miraculously received the power of speech; from his legendary storytelling came the collections of prose and verse fables scattered

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Overview

'The story goes that a sow who had delivered a whole litter of piglets loudly accosted a lioness. "How many children do you breed?" asked the sow. "I breed only one," said the lioness, "but he is very well bred!"' The fables of Aesop have become one of the most enduring traditions of European culture, ever since they were first written down nearly two millennia ago. Aesop was reputedly a tongue-tied slave who miraculously received the power of speech; from his legendary storytelling came the collections of prose and verse fables scattered throughout Greek and Roman literature. First published in English by Caxton in 1484, the fables and their morals continue to charm modern readers: who does not know the stories of the tortoise and the hare, and the boy who cried wolf? This new translation is the first to represent all the main fable collections in ancient Latin and Greek, arranged according to the fables' contents and themes. It includes 600 fables, many of which come from sources never before translated into English.

An illustrated collection of traditional moral tales from the Greek slave Aesop.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A host of anthologies gather favorites old and new. In Aesop's Fables, Saviour Pirotta retells eight of the fables in the voice of Aesop himself ("My fables are short and simple. They are mostly about animals and simple country folk"). Richard Johnson illustrates most of the tales with one full-page, full-bleed painting and a smattering of spot art. A dramatic image of the lion caught in the net as the mouse attempts to free him is especially effective. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hague brings his signature nostalgic, intricately detailed style to 13 of Aesop's moral tales. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her first book, German artist Drr uses pencil and charcoal to illustrate a particularly imaginative selection of 17 classic fables. Although many entries are familiar, Thuswaldner makes room for more unusual choices. In "A Dress for the Moon,'' for example, the moon's mother complains of the moon's ever-changing size, which makes her "the despair of the very best of dressmakers!'' The retellings are graceful and, true to Aesop, do not tack on any aphoristic morals. With its sophisticated design, however, the volume lacks child appeal. Sketchy and airy, the art is more conceptual than purely narrative; the duotone presentation may obscure the visual transitions between many of the spreads. Color remains the province of the type, printed in a distractingly bright, tomato red that seems almost to vibrate against the stark white paper. All ages.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Classics like "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse," "The Fox and the Grapes," "The Hare and the Tortoise," "The Crow and the Pitcher," and "The Lion and the Mouse" are included in this medley of thirteen of famous tales. Soft, detailed watercolors in muted shades are saturated with details that add to each story. The moral is clearly stated after each fable. The simplicity makes this edition perfect for teaching youngsters the tricks to constructing fables.
Children's Literature
Eight fables are expanded and developed into short stories with settings in Ancient Greece. A fictitious Aesop introduces himself in a conversational tone at the beginning of the book. He continues his chat with the reader as he introduces each of the tales with the description of a possible incident that could have inspired the moral of the story. "The Cat's Bell" features disgruntled mice sharing grievances about the farm cat before they devise a solution that none will put into action. The familiar mouse that saves the lion is given a family of eight children to help chew through the net that encases the lion. A wolf wisely chooses freedom over the possible pleasures of being a pet dog. Of course, the farmer kills the goose that lays golden eggs, thus losing his good fortune. The stork evens the score with the fox when invited to dinner. The tortoise reminds the hare (and the reader) that "Slow and steady wins the race." The foolish frogs discover that they had been much better off without a king. And a jay learns that peacock feathers do not transform him into a fine bird. Colorful, whimsical illustrations depict people and animals in Ancient Greece as gracious and joyful. An engaging introduction to these timeless tales. 2005, Kingfisher, Ages 7 to 11.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-Each of these eight fables is presented in a two-part format. The first part consists of a wordy introduction in which "Aesop" explains the meaning and possible context of the tale and relates it to his own life as a freed Athenian slave. Several of the selections, such as "The Frogs That Wanted a King" and "The Jay and the Peacocks," are not often anthologized. Each telling contains descriptions of the setting, extensive dialogue, and rounded-out motivation. Unfortunately, the resulting long-windedness violates the pithiness of the genre. "The Lion and the Mouse" comes in at over eight pages. The preface makes clear what advice the ensuing selection will impart; the final paragraph of the narrative emphasizes the upcoming lesson, and a neatly framed moral is appended. This triple treatment leaves nothing to chance or children's ability to interpret meaning. However, Johnson's richly toned paintings in a pleasing variety of shapes grace the pages with lively animal and human activity. Three times as many fables in a quarter of the words appear in Ver-nica Uribe's Little Book of Fables (Groundwood, 2004), while Helen Ward's grand retelling of a dozen tales in Unwitting Wisdom (Chronicle, 2004) features more subtly designed illustrations that embellish the stories' content.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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A volume that is imbued with a decidedly European sensibility. The 17 selections range from the familiar "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse" 'to those that rarely find their way into American anthologies, e.g., "The Empty Head'' and "A Dress for the Moon.'' The fables are retold in a matter-of-fact style and are illustrated with large-scale pencil drawings. Drr is adept at depicting animals' forms, but her humans are slightly awkward. Also, in spite of some endearing scenese.g., a full-front closeup of the tortoise heading over the finish lineall of the characters remain objectified and distant. Perhaps the most disturbing quality of the art is that there is no moisture, sparkle, or sign of life within the creatures' eyes. With so many Aesop collections available, the need for this one is limited.
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Touched with passion, humor, & life, here are Aesop's wonderful animals & the messages of their feats & foibles, illustrated in beautiful full-color paintings. Includes "The Fox & the Grapes," "The Hare & the Tortoise," others. 10" x 13". All ages
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448060033
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1947
  • Series: Illustrated Junior Library Series
  • Edition description: Deluxe
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Aesop probably lived in the middle part of the sixth century BC. A statement in Herodotus gives ground for thinking that he was a slave belonging to a citizen of Samos called Iadmon. Legend says that he was ugly and misshapen. There are many references to Aesop found in the Athenian writers: Aristophanes, Xenophon, Plato, Aristotle and others. It is not known whether he wrote down his Fables himself, nor indeed how many of them are correctly attributed to his invention.

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Table of Contents

Note from the Publisher 7
The Lion and Other Beasts Go Hunting 11
The Lioness 13
The Fox and the Goat 15
The Birds, the Beasts, and the Bat 17
The Council of Mice 19
The Monkey and the Camel 21
The Ant and the Grasshopper 23
The Fox and the Crow 25
The Ass and the Grasshoppers 27
The Lion and the Three Bulls 29
The Hares and the Frogs 31
The Dog and the Bone 33
The Angler and the Little Fish 35
The Porcupine and the Snakes 37
The Donkey in Lion's Skin 39
The Thief and the Dog 41
The Raven and the Swan 43
The Bull and the Goat 45
The Bundle of Sticks 47
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing 49
The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle 51
The Two Frogs 53
The Tortoise and the Hare 55
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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    You can get this ebook for free legally. .

    Google 'gutenburg free ebooks'. This book of stories is great and no longer under copyright law so it's ( along with a lot if other classics) actually free to download instantly thru your nook or pc to nook via the mentioned website.

    26 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

    Yep!

    What can one say about all the wonderful tells of this book. You can entertain yourself for days!

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Aesop

    Love him he is a wonderful writer my youngest child in middle school is learning about him so i wanted to read her/him his fables yaayaaaayayyyayay they are so happy with the fable they love them i would recomend them to middle schoolers to learn!!!!!!!!!! :) :)

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2002

    Awesome

    The is an excellent book!!

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    The Thief and His Mother

    Every story in this book has a moral. 'Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child.' It means instead of hitting the child let them get in trouble and realize what they did wrong. Also i thought it would have a good impact on children and parents.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2004

    One for all

    My childhood memories are few and far betwen but I specifically remember Aesop's Fables. A wonderful tale ever child should have a chance to read at an early age.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    ABBY SAYS

    For kids undr ten. Good to read in bed or snuggled up with a blanket on a rainy day!
    Your reader
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    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Cool

    It teaches us some very good morals,"honesty is very important", is just one of the many morals Aesop wrote. I LOVE THE BOOK!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    It sucks

    The stories don't havve an ending.

    4 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    Ok

    I exspected more but these are nithing but couple of sentences for esch story if you buy this book your in for a disapointment.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Great book

    Like this book................ My teacher read this to the class im in

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Good.

    I think it had a lot of good details & I like it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    OK.........

    It's ok but they said a bad word for the donkeys in one of te stories not my 100% favorites but ...... well ..... it's ok

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Asops fables

    Asops fables are very sweet because my favorite is the lion and the mouse

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    i have no clue wht this says.........

    How do you delete a book on a nook...... or can you?

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Good

    Very good stories. Remember many from my childhood but you dont get to learn about many of the endings because they make no sense. Many spelling issues but a excellent read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Mousefur

    Drags emberstreak in.

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  • Posted September 11, 2014

    I hadn't read these in years, but now with children of my own I

    I hadn't read these in years, but now with children of my own I pulled out my copy so we could enjoy them as a family. These tales never get old, and my children loved them so much we're reading them again. A classic that isn't going anywhere.

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  • Posted September 7, 2014

    Description:  So many stories that we consider modern have their

    Description:  So many stories that we consider modern have their roots in Aesop's fables.  They truly are timeless.  This is a collection of tales that is appropriate for any age, the lessons that they teach are simple and useful in everyday life.




    What I liked:  I recognized a lot of the tales, some I had heard or seen in children's picture books, others in movies, tv shows, cartoons, etc.  I had no idea that the stories were written such a long time ago.




    What I didn't like: It was hard to read this in one sitting.  Because the stories are so short, I found myself either constantly re-reading entire tales or falling asleep after I had read a few of them.  




    Would I recommend this?:  Absolutely.  I think that every person should spend some time with this book at least once.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

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    Join an all new evil rogue clan at 'binary' res 2! We need active members and a deputy!

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