Aesop's Fables [NOOK Book]

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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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'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
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.
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.
From the Publisher
"Jonathan Kent's reading revives the original oral tradition, and his voices for the animal characters make the little stories entertaining as well as enlightening." —-AudioFile
From Barnes & Noble
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: 9781625394705
  • Publisher: Waxkeep Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/24/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 548,096
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Aesop was a fabulist or story teller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains uncertain and (if they ever existed) no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics.
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Table of Contents

The cock and the pearl -- The wolf and the lamb -- The dog and the shadow -- The lion's share -- The wolf and the crane -- The man and the serpent -- The town mouse and the country mouse -- The fox and the crow -- The sick lion -- The ass and the lapdog -- The lion and the mouse -- The swallow and the other birds -- The frogs desiring a king -- The mountains in labour -- The hares and the frogs -- The wolf and the kid -- The woodman and the serpent -- The bald man and the fly -- The fox and the stork -- The fox and the mask -- The jay and the peacock -- The frog and the ox -- Androcles -- The bat, the birds, and the beasts -- The hart and the hunter -- The serpent and the file -- The man and the wood -- The dog and the wolf -- The belly and the members -- The hart in the ox-stall -- The fox and the grapes -- The horse, hunter, and stag -- The peacock and Juno -- The fox and the lion -- The lion and the statue -- The ant and the grasshopper -- The tree and the reed -- The fox and the cat -- The wolf in sheep's clothing -- The dog in the manger -- The man and the wooden god -- The fisher -- The shepherd's boy -- The young thief and his mother -- The man and his two wives -- The nurse and the wolf -- The tortoise and the birds -- The two crabs -- The ass in the lion's skin -- The two fellows and the bear -- The two pots -- The four oxen and the lion -- The fisher and the little fish -- Avaricious and envious -- The crow and the pitcher -- The man and the satyr -- The goose with the golden eggs -- The labourer and the nightingale -- The fox, the cock, and the dog -- The wind and the sun -- Hercules and the waggoner -- The man, the boy, and the donkey -- The miser and his gold -- The fox and the mosquitoes -- The fox without a tail -- The one-eyed doe -- Belling the cat -- The hare and the tortoise -- The old man and death -- The hare with many friends -- The lion in love -- The bundle of sticks -- The lion, the fox, and the beasts -- The ass's brains -- The eagle and the arrow -- The milkmaid and her pail -- The cat-maiden -- The horse and the ass -- The trumpeter taken prisoner -- The buffoon and the countryman -- The old woman and the wine-jar -- The fox and the goat.
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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.

    25 out of 38 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!

    12 out of 13 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!!!!!!!!!! :) :)

    10 out of 13 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
    Abby

    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 14 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 11 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 April 17, 2014

    Terrible

    You can't read this properly wothout running into some wierd signs. DO NOT GET IT!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Rocky the flying sqeirel and bowinkle the moose!

    They have asops tales and son same but teaching son a lesson out of a fable love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Tranlite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    To: say no to cyber bullying!!:)

    I totaly agree with u. I hear all the time that people in my school get cyber bullied right when the day is over. All they say is * if u dare tell anyone at ALL u will regerte it *. That is y i totaly agree with u.
    ~ SKYLAR D. K.

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