Sonnets from Aesop

Sonnets from Aesop

by Judith Goldhaber, Gerson Goldhaber
     
 

Winner of an Outstanding Book of the Year award from Independent Publisher magazine, Judith Goldhaber's SONNETS FROM AESOP recasts the renowned fables of Aesop as a lively and distinctly modern set of 100 sonnets. Classics like "The Hare and the Tortoise" and "The Fox and the Grapes" (i.e. "sour grapes") are represented, of course, but the book gives readers a

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Winner of an Outstanding Book of the Year award from Independent Publisher magazine, Judith Goldhaber's SONNETS FROM AESOP recasts the renowned fables of Aesop as a lively and distinctly modern set of 100 sonnets. Classics like "The Hare and the Tortoise" and "The Fox and the Grapes" (i.e. "sour grapes") are represented, of course, but the book gives readers a chance to rediscover the wisdom and humor of such tales as "The Rabbit with Many Friends," "The Woodsman and the Serpent," and the mysterious "The Old Man and Death." Each poem is accompanied by a watercolor illustration by Gerson Goldhaber, the author's husband. "What more could Aesop have wished than to address the 21st century in these dry, whimsical sonnets complemented by a series of soft, edgy watercolors? This beautifully produced book is a rare treat"-Annie Finch.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Judith Goldhaber sets 100 stories from Aesop, many familiar and others less known, into sonnet form with mixed results. Some flow easily for reading aloud, some are awkward in the rhythm and rhyme scheme, a few are quite elegant, and many incorporate contemporary colloquial terms for a humorous tone. The Ass implores the Mule, "`Brother! Please help me with this heavy weight.'/`Forget it,' said the Mule, `your bro I ain't.'" In contrast, a majestic tone frames the encounter between Zeus and a grieving Lark. As in many Aesop renderings, some tales end with a pointed lesson, and others are more subtle or understated in conveying the moral. Gerson Goldhaber's simple colorful paintings are naive, fresh, and often funny. The language and sonnet construct will sometimes elude children, but the compendium is substantial and attractive and may be useful in some literature classes and in library collections where folk materials are of interest.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780976155409
Publisher:
Ribbonweed Press
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

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