Aesop's Fables

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This striking new interpretation of the classic, with its delightful, quirky illustrations, brings the moral tales of Aesop to life for young readers

More than a dozen of Aesop’s fables are brought to dazzling new light in this exquisite edition by Ayano Imai. Including fables such as “The Kid and the Wolf,” “The Ox and the Frog,” and “The Fox and the Grapes,” among others, the tales are each given a unique charm through the superb ...

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Overview

This striking new interpretation of the classic, with its delightful, quirky illustrations, brings the moral tales of Aesop to life for young readers

More than a dozen of Aesop’s fables are brought to dazzling new light in this exquisite edition by Ayano Imai. Including fables such as “The Kid and the Wolf,” “The Ox and the Frog,” and “The Fox and the Grapes,” among others, the tales are each given a unique charm through the superb illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Each [tale] a stunner, with the slyest little details bedecking the edges of the bottom pages. I love them all but it’s The Lion and the Mouse here that has my heart. I don’t know why no other illustrator has ever considering trapping not just the lion but other animals and creatures in nets, but Imai has and it’s brilliant." —Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse #8 Production, School Library Journal

"The unusual [calendar-like] format is a creative way to present these moralistic tales....will take readers beyond single-volume treatments. An assortment of fables fabulously illustrated and strikingly presented." —Kirkus Reviews

"Elegant, spare prose and stunning, imaginative illustrations breathe new life into old tales in this collection of Aesop’s fables... the pictures are definitely worth the price of admission." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Twelve classic fables are retold and presented in a unique horizontal (calendar) format. The tales are simply told with the moral not also spelled out but easily inferred. The collection includes familiar tales such as "The Lion and the Mouse," "The Hare and the Tortoise," and "The Dog and His Shadow" but also introduces lesser known ones like "The Stag at the Pool" and "The Ox and the Frog." The illustrations are unconventional but imaginative and creative. Bordered in white, each features the central character of the story but with added details that may seem at odds but fit nicely. For "The Cockerel and the Hen," the eye is drawn to the bottom of the page where shiny jewels are presented on dinner plates, and for "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse," a block of cheese and salt and pepper shakers stand beside highways leading in and out of town. For those looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, this elegant collection will fit the bill. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
K-Gr 3—The wall-calendar-type layout successfully showcases the illustrations of this offbeat adaptation of Aesop's fables. Each spread's featured image is rendered in the surreal style, combined with realistic and playful depictions of animal protagonists. The simple, straightforward text is enhanced by small figures that echo the introductory scene. The pictures are humorous, but sometimes at odds with the story. For example, the country and town mice dine on oats and barleycorns and then on "the remains of a feast-cakes, jellies and wonderful-smellingcheeses," but their sparse table only displays a soup bowl. The tales fold the morals into the concluding sentence, as in the story "The Dog and His Shadow": "So he snapped at the shadow in the water but as he opened his mouth his piece of meat fell out and dropped in the water and he saw it no more." Some of these endings fall a bit flat, but the prose will work for reading aloud, and the absurd, funny pictures add dimension to the short narratives that will appeal to some readers. An additional purchase for collections with varied editions of Aesop's tales.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-20
Is there any way to make a collection of Aesop's fables feel fresh? Yes—turn it into a calendar. The 90-degree rotation of the opening combines with the horizontal layout of the 12 fables to make the book look like a calendar; though there are no dates or monthly labels, the palette and mood of the fables modulate seasonally as they progress. The unusual format (akin to Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens, 1995) is a creative way to present these moralistic tales. The white-bordered paintings are placed on the top page; the story faces it on the bottom page, which is dotted with spot art that adds surrealistic accents. For example, in "The Cockerel and the Jewel," a hungry rooster wears a bib and holds a fork as it eyes a large pearl ring. The spot art below shows three white plates holding jewelry, a fork twining a necklace spaghettilike around its tines next to one of them. The last line is: "I'd much rather have found a grain of corn to eat than all the jewels in the world," and indeed, that necklace does not look very tasty. The cover depicts two jackdaws in front of a mirror, each in the process of transforming itself à la the two fables about the bird. From the familiar "The Lion and the Mouse" and "The Hare and the Tortoise" to the lesser-known "The Ox and the Frog" and "The Stag at the Pool," this sophisticated collection will take readers beyond single-volume treatments. An assortment of fables fabulously illustrated and strikingly presented. (Picture book/fables. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789888240524
  • Publisher: minedition
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ayano Imai is the illustrator of The 108th Sheep, Chester, Puss in Boots, and The Town Mouse and Country Mouse. She studied Japanese painting, with a focus on mineral pigment painting, at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

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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 39 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!

    13 out of 14 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 15 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 12 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 July 10, 2014

    Salem

    "Waht are the two others? Is one of them me?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Salem

    "I'm gonna try to sleep."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Lea

    Lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    *:*

    Hm...

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