Fables

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By their nature "fables" are "fabulous," larger than life, the characters often using wit and guile to save themselves from circumstances. Thus Br'er Rabbit is more than a bunny in a briar patch, just as Mowgli is more than a wolf child.

Aesops Fables are morality plays. They illustrate what was fundamental to Greek culture. Their appeal to us lies in a logic we still understand. This in turn awakens an appreciation of how far ahead of their time the Greeks were, how enduring ...

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Overview

By their nature "fables" are "fabulous," larger than life, the characters often using wit and guile to save themselves from circumstances. Thus Br'er Rabbit is more than a bunny in a briar patch, just as Mowgli is more than a wolf child.

Aesops Fables are morality plays. They illustrate what was fundamental to Greek culture. Their appeal to us lies in a logic we still understand. This in turn awakens an appreciation of how far ahead of their time the Greeks were, how enduring their thought was, and also, for how much we have to be grateful to them for.

Nevertheless, fables from different cultures frequently overlap in the lessons they teach. If we would only stop to listen, there is an important lesson for us to learn from these fables: mankind is one, not several.

A collection of Aesop's fables.

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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.
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.
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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: 9781853261282
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Children's Classics
  • Pages: 199
  • Sales rank: 1,481,880
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.73 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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