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Aesop's Fables: A Pop-Up Book
     

Aesop's Fables: A Pop-Up Book

by Agnese Baruzzi
 

Sumptuous collage illustrations make this timeless collection a book to cherish
 
Aesop's Fables are as relevant today as when he wrote them. This book contains seven of the best-known fables in pop-up: Fox and the Grapes, Dog and the Shadow, Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, Ant and the Grasshopper, Tortoise and the Hare, Bear and the Beehives,

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Sumptuous collage illustrations make this timeless collection a book to cherish
 
Aesop's Fables are as relevant today as when he wrote them. This book contains seven of the best-known fables in pop-up: Fox and the Grapes, Dog and the Shadow, Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, Ant and the Grasshopper, Tortoise and the Hare, Bear and the Beehives, and Lion and the Mouse. The texts are presented in little affixed booklets on each spread, while exquisite collage illustrations will have young readers treasuring this collection.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This elegantly illustrated pop-up book presents six abbreviated versions of Aesop's fables, including "The Hare and the Tortoise," "The Fox and the Grapes," and "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing." The stories appear in mini-books that are integrated into fresh, modern collage illustrations featuring a mix of floral and plaid patterns. Although the straightforward retellings can't match the stylishness of the art, they convey the essence of the original tales. Ages 5�up. (June)
From the Publisher

"If you have a very young child to whom you want to introduce Aesop, this book is a great candidate." —Jenny Williams, geekdad.com
Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
Six of the most familiar Aesop's fables were chosen for this publication. Each has its own double-page spread with a small attached folder containing a concise version of the original tale. Each also has one or more pop-ups and an arrow to push or pull for further action. One pull tab makes a rabbit hop along a fence, another pulls an ant across the page, and one has a fox jump up to gather some grapes (failing to reach them he decides they are probably sour, anyway). The brown bear decides, after being stung by a swarm of bees, that it is better to walk away from a beehive than remain to be stung again and again. The illustrations in brown, orange, French blue, grey, mustard, and green may not have immediate appeal for preschool children. It would be interesting to discuss the colors chosen for the illustrations with young readers. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
Kirkus Reviews
Seven fables are blandly retold, accompanied by unambitious pop-ups likely to spark only fleeting moments of attention from readers. Baruzzi adds to the usual suspects ("The Lion and the Mouse," "The Fox and the Grapes" etc.,) the less-familiar "Dog and His Bone" and a mildly unusual version of "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" in which the disguised wolf is by chance chosen to be a shepherd's dinner. Any violence in the episodes has been left out or dialed down--particularly in "The Bear and the Beehives," which in traditional versions has the much-stung Bear tearing his skin off, but here only ruefully licking his wounds. Each fable comes with an explicit if not always well-phrased moral ("It is better to walk away from one hurt than to stay around and hurt more") and is contained in a small booklet glued onto a richly colored and patterned collage illustration. Along with low-relief pop-up figures, the pictures include one or two limited-motion swivels or pull-tabs that will, for instance, propel the Hare a partial step or move an industrious Ant a few inches along a slotted path. Two fables are squeezed into an apparently arbitrarily chosen spread, making the overall design as undistinguished as the writing and the paper engineering. Next to the magisterial pop-up Aesop's Fables of Kees Moerbeck et al. (2011), not to mention the plethora of livelier non–pop-up collections, an also-ran. (Pop-up/fables. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781857078954
Publisher:
Tango Books
Publication date:
06/01/2012
Pages:
16
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Italian artist Agnese Baruzzi has been illustrating children's books since 2001. Her titles include Tales of Mystery and MagicThe True Story of Goldilocks, and The True Story of Little Red Riding Hood.

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