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The Fables of Aesop
     

The Fables of Aesop

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by Joseph Jacobs (Editor), Maryce Ed. Jacobs
 

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The gods help them that help themselves . . . We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified . . . Appearances are deceptive . . . These and many other familiar proverbs — in fact, many of the moral values that form the foundation of our daily lives — were expressed in tales from ancient Greece, credited to Aesop, the

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The gods help them that help themselves . . . We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified . . . Appearances are deceptive . . . These and many other familiar proverbs — in fact, many of the moral values that form the foundation of our daily lives — were expressed in tales from ancient Greece, credited to Aesop, the legendary storyteller.
This volume, edited by the celebrated English folklorist Joseph Jacobs, contains a rich selection of these time-honored tales, among them "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse," "The Fox and the Crow," "The Lion and the Mouse," "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing," "The Goose with the Golden Eggs," "The Old Man and Death," "Belling the Cat," "The Hare and the Tortoise," and dozens more.
Retold with wit and sparkle in simple, direct language, these short, clever stories offer young readers wonderful lessons in right and wrong, and many valuable insights into life, both its joys and perils. Over 170 classic illustrations by Richard Heighway bring the stories vividly to life for readers and listeners alike.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This British husband-and-wife team has gleaned more than a hundred of the ancient storyteller's fables for this beguiling compendium. Well-known entries (e.g., "The Tortoise and the Hare"; "The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs") are presented cheek-by-jowl with lesser-known offerings ("The Bald Knight"; "The Crab and Her Baby"). As explained in a detailed foreword, the retellings are served up much as Aesop might have told them, unadorned by the cliched moral epigrams that have come to be attached to his tales over the centuries. The abundant illustrations invite browsing as well as close reading: the pages are peppered with droll black-and-white sketches as well as energetic full-color watercolors. A table of contents and title index are useful additions. All ages. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This is a gathering of more than 100 fables that have been part of oral and written storytelling for twenty-five centuries. Liberally illustrated with pen and ink drawings and full color paintings, this title would make a worthwhile addition to any fairy tale or folk tale collection.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Just a few facts are known about the man, Aesop, born into slavery on a Greek Island around 600 BC. From his legacy of animal tales, it is clear that he possessed great wit, a sense of irony, fairness and unparalleled imagination. Here, over two hundred timeless lessons are collected. Trimmed with jaunty sketches, in color and black and white, these brief studies in human foibles teach and entertain. Aesop made his point with few words, so the tales are brief. Most contain the moral in the final sentence, although some lessons are left for the reader to deduce.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-6-Containing over 100 fables attributed to Aesop, this is one of the most comprehensive collections to be published since the classic V.S. Vernon Jones's edition, which appeared in 1912. It contains obscure but interesting selections such as ``The Oak and the Reed'' and ``The Mice and the Weasels at War'' in addition to well-known favorites. The retellings are brief and do away with the stated morals. They are loosely arranged according to main characters, e.g., fables about mice are grouped together. A collector's note and information about Aesop are also included. Like Arthur Rackham, whose illustrations accompany the Vernon Jones compilation, Rowan Barnes-Murphy has chosen to alternate pen-and-ink line drawings with larger, full-color paintings. His numerous pictures are accomplished and capture the essence of each animal and human in the manner of a caricature. While the ink-and-watercolor artwork is effective, Barnes-Murphy seems to be most at home with the black-and-white line drawings. Overall, this oversized volume makes a worthwhile addition to folklore collections.-Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State University, Normal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486418599
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
01/29/2002
Series:
Dover Children's Evergreen Classics Series
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
719,399
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 5.92(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Fables of Aesop 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I-Got-Seoul More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as a gift for a co-worker. She loved it and believed it was just what she needed to read to her fourth graders.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i have been reading this fables to my kids and they loved them. At the end of reading they give me their thoughts of what the fables are trying to tell them. This book is magnificent to teach kids about values, manners etc.