Aesop's Fables (Fall River Press Edition)

Aesop's Fables (Fall River Press Edition)

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by Aesop, Ernest Griset
     
 

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For more than two thousand years, the fables of the Greek slave known as Aesop have entertained readers with their wise reflections on human nature and their insightful "morals," which have become some of the wittiest aphorisms in all literature. What reader is not familiar with the phrases "Might makes right," "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush," "Beauty is

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For more than two thousand years, the fables of the Greek slave known as Aesop have entertained readers with their wise reflections on human nature and their insightful "morals," which have become some of the wittiest aphorisms in all literature. What reader is not familiar with the phrases "Might makes right," "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush," "Beauty is skin deep," "Slow and steady wins the race," or "Look before you leap"?

Many of these charming fables are literary classics that have become a part of our common cultural vocabulary. The mere mention of their titles evokes their story and the lesson they impart: "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," "The Hare and the Tortoise," "The City Mouse and the Country Mouse," "The Dog in the Manger," "The Fox and the Grapes."

This edition of Aesop's Fables features more than 300 selections passed down through the ages and enriched with each new telling. Drawn from the classic compilations of fabulists Roger L'Estrange, Jean La Fontaine, and Samuel Croxall, they represent the refinement of the fables as they have been told for more than two centuries.

This volume is lavishly illustrated with more than 130 drawings, sketches, and full-page engravings by Ernest Griset, the nineteenth-century illustrator whose unparalleled talent for sketching animal figures endowed with human features and mannerisms helped to universalize the fables for generations of readers.

Part fairytale, part fantasy, part moral parable, each of these fables is a polished gem of storytelling craft whose luster never dulls. Readers young and old will delight in these timeless fables whose human and animal characters hold up an enchanted mirror in which we see ourselves.

Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435140042
Publisher:
Fall River Press
Publication date:
11/15/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
File size:
26 MB
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Meet the Author

Though many modern scholars dispute his existence, Aesop's life was chronicled by first century Greek historians who wrote that Aesop, or Aethiop, was born into Greek slavery in 620 B.C. Freed because of his wit and wisdom, Aesop supposedly traveled throughout Greece and was employed at various times by the governments of Athens and Corinth. Some of Aesop's most recognized fables are The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Grapes, and The Ant and the Grasshopper. His simple but effective morals are widely used and illustrated for children.

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