Aesop's Fables [NOOK Book]

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Planned as PG's second Aesop extext. See also comprehensive versions PG#21 tr. by George Fyler Townsend, PG#11339 tr. by V. S. Vernon Jones, and illustrated PG#18732.

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

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Overview

Planned as PG's second Aesop extext. See also comprehensive versions PG#21 tr. by George Fyler Townsend, PG#11339 tr. by V. S. Vernon Jones, and illustrated PG#18732.

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: 9783655000267
  • Publisher: MVB E-Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Sold by: MVB Marketing
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 477,978
  • File size: 274 KB

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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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