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Children's LiteratureMorpurgo begins this beautiful collection of fables with a fable—of a lion that reads stories and then eats his sleeping listeners. The moral of this first fable is "A story is as good as a feast. But watch out and make sure you don't go to sleep!" All of the fables tell easy-to-understand stories. The moral, in large print at the end of the fable, leaves readers with no doubt as to what the fable is teaching. The easy comprehension along with the multiple fables make this book ideal for reading aloud—especially for children who have attention spans that will only last for one fable at a time. Clark's illustrations beautifully match the fables. Each page has at least a small watercolor illustration while a plethora of full page illustrations are scattered throughout the fables. This is a great collection of fables that will truly be a "feast" for Aesop fans. This book was published in Great Britain as The Orchard Book of Aesop's Fables. 2004 (orig. 2004), Margaret K McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, Ages 4 to 8.