Cat and the Cook and Other Fables of Krylov

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The fables of Krylov, the celebrated nineteenth-century poet and fabulist, have enchanted Russian children for generations. The classic stories and extraordinary art combine to make this an ideal book for children and adults to enjoy together.

The fables of Krylov, the celebrated 19th Century poet and fabulist, have enchanted Russian children for generations. Ethel Heins retells 12 of these wise and witty fables for American ...

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Overview

The fables of Krylov, the celebrated nineteenth-century poet and fabulist, have enchanted Russian children for generations. The classic stories and extraordinary art combine to make this an ideal book for children and adults to enjoy together.

The fables of Krylov, the celebrated 19th Century poet and fabulist, have enchanted Russian children for generations. Ethel Heins retells 12 of these wise and witty fables for American children to discover. Watercolor and gouache illustrations.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this droll collection, 12 Russian fables warn against pride, show the importance of cooperation and counsel moderation. The cat of the title story feasts on a chicken while the cook lectures him, doing nothing to stop him: "words are wasted when it's time for action." In "The Eagle and the Mole," a lordly eagle learns the hard way that even a lowly mole might have something to teach him. Lobel (Alison's Zinnia) contributes sunny, folkloric paintings with echoes of Chagall. They run exuberantly to the edges of the page at top and bottom, their vigor apt for these robust tales. Includes notes about the fabulist Krylov (1768-1844) and sources for this volume. Ages 5-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Carol A. Flowers
Ivan Andreevich Krylov's original editions of over 150 fables were the first best sellers of early 19th century Russia. Like LaFontaine, Krylov is celebrated for poetically articulating the "lesson" with well-chosen words and entertaining role models. Anita Lobel describes her watercolor and gouache illustrations as "miniature murals" whose inspiration came from Russian church paintings and peasant art. The twelve classic fables retold in this edition highlight the importance of hard work, the foolishness of greed and vanity, and the need to respect other's individuality.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6Heins retells 12 Russian fables with mixed success. Krylov, one of Russia's most beloved fabulists, wrote in verse, which Heins has changed to prose. In this form, the selections lose much of their humor and theatrical qualities. ``The Kite'' and ``Fortune and the Beggar'' are eloquent, but others, such as ``The Quartet,'' seem stilted or underdeveloped. Krylov's fables commonly use typical, real characters rather than allegorical ones, and though the morals are not obvious, the stories are didactic. Still, some of them will captivate children and spark debates about their meanings. Lobel's watercolor-and-gouache folk-art illustrations feature a varied palette and intricate designs. Through glorious colors and evocative expressions, the artist adeptly captures the essence of each tale, from the drama of ``The Eagle and the Mole'' to the smugness of ``The Kitten and the Starling.'' Though fables were meant to be told aloud, the paintings will entice youngsters to read this collection independently.Cheri Estes, Dorchester Road Regional Library, Charleston, SC
Julie Corsaro
One of the greatest pleasures of this impressive collection of 12 Russian fables is Lobel's sophisticated artwork. She outdoes herself with watercolor-and-gouache paintings that are brilliantly colored and wonderfully composed. The details are just right: Dame Fortune and her river of gold hovering over a greedy peasant; a fickle kitten posed demurely beneath the empty, swinging cage of a recently deceased starling. The long, narrow format, with its stagelike design, emphasizes these striking visuals. Former "Horn Book" editor Heins' prose retellings of poems by Ivan Andreevich Krylov, "Russia's great fabulist," are elegant. Based on scholarly sources in translation, these brief morality tales are more subtle and complex than the more familiar ones attributed to Aesop. A gem that deserves a place in folklore collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688123116
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 12.27 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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