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Mr Aesop's Story Shop
     

Mr Aesop's Story Shop

by Bob Hartman, Jago (Illustrator)
 

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Ten of Aesop's fables are given witty, fresh retellings by a modern storyteller
 
"My name is Aesop! Once I was a slave. Now I am a free man. I have refreshments to sell and stories to tell. Stop for a moment—and enjoy!"
   
Bob Hartman uses all his skills as a storyteller to add humor, irony, action, and

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Ten of Aesop's fables are given witty, fresh retellings by a modern storyteller
 
"My name is Aesop! Once I was a slave. Now I am a free man. I have refreshments to sell and stories to tell. Stop for a moment—and enjoy!"
   
Bob Hartman uses all his skills as a storyteller to add humor, irony, action, and clever dialogue to these retellings of 10 of Aesop's fables, which he has woven into an entertaining tale about a man who tells stories for a living. A rich mix of familiar and less well-known tales have been selected for their relevance to the life of children today. Streetwise tricksters get their comeuppance, virtue is rewarded, and readers are shown the benefits of good behavior—but these quirky stories are far from being typical morality tales. Animated, witty illustrations echo the fun flavor of the text.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this British import, Hartman frames Aesop’s tales by having him set up shop in a busy Greek marketplace: “My name is Aesop! Once I was a slave. Now I am a free man. I have refreshments to sell and stories to tell.” “I know what worries you,” he tells a group of children. “School!” Aesop follows this quip with the story of “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse,” drawing connections between worries about school or money with the fable’s moral. Hartman’s decision to have Aesop deliver the stories firsthand, while interacting with the crowds at the agora, adds dimension to these 10 familiar tales while emphasizing the oral storytelling tradition. Nodding toward Greek frescoes, Jago’s warm and expressive collages are a strong complement to these inviting retellings. Ages 7–9. (Aug.)
From the Publisher

"A worthwhile addition to collections that don’t already have numerous Aesop anthologies on the shelves."—Booklist

"Nodding toward Greek frescoes, Jago’s warm and expressive collages are a strong complement to these inviting retellings."—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

"My name is Aesop! Once I was a slave. Now I am a free man. I have refreshments to sell and stories to tell."

This fresh approach to the classic collection makes a character of Aesop himself, talking to a fictional audience and directing questions to them, and is an effective context for the fables. In "The Crow and the Jar,"the crow can't get his head far enough into the jar to reach the water, so he drops in pebble after pebble until it rises high enough for him to drink. Aesop has the children who are gathered around his storytelling stall in the marketplace collect pebbles and drop them in a jar to demonstrate. Moral: "Brains are sometimes better than brute strength." An introduction explains what little is known about Aesop, an ugly man with a bald head and bandy legs who was a slave, and defines the form. The textured illustrations appear as if painted on handmade paper, varying in size and placement from a full page to a double-spread banner. Not every page has artwork, leaving all-text pages off-puttingly dense. Greek motifs are used throughout, and the morals appear as letters chiseled in stone at the end of each tale. Fable collections are plentiful (Jerry Pinkney'sAesop's Fables, 2000, andThe McElderry Book of Aesop's Fables, byMichael Morpurgo, 2005, for instance), but the storytelling device here works well as an engaging read-aloud.

"Sticking to your goals may bring more success than being lazy with your talents."(Fables. 5-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745962986
Publisher:
Lion Hudson
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.46(w) x 10.21(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Bob Hartman is a highly acclaimed storyteller and the author of more than a dozen books, including Grumblebunny, Easter AngelsThe Lion Storybook of Animal TalesThe Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book, and The Wolf Who Cried Boy. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jago Silver is the illustrator of The Jesus Storybook Bible and Myron's Magic Cow.

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