Texas Aesop's Fables

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For centuries, classic tales like "A Boy Who Cried Wolf" and "The Tortoise and the Hare" have been passed down from generation to generation, but never before have these stories been told with such western spirit. In this collection of thirty-three unique and exciting adventures, Aesop's moral-teaching legends are retold with colorful illustrations and a Texas twist to each lesson.

When an old Cherokee chief ties three arrows together, his sons are unable to break them apart, ...

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Overview

For centuries, classic tales like "A Boy Who Cried Wolf" and "The Tortoise and the Hare" have been passed down from generation to generation, but never before have these stories been told with such western spirit. In this collection of thirty-three unique and exciting adventures, Aesop's moral-teaching legends are retold with colorful illustrations and a Texas twist to each lesson.

When an old Cherokee chief ties three arrows together, his sons are unable to break them apart, and they learn that a tribe united will survive. Two cowboys rest under a mesquite tree to escape the heat and complain that the mesquite tree is too thorny and has no fruit to eat. When the tree tells them that it is shading them from the harsh sun, they learn to be thankful for their blessings. When a sweet rancher's wife finds a pressed flower, she realizes that the memory of a good deed never dies.

With these witty and sometimes hilarious stories, children discover the importance of honesty and fairness while learning about life and tradition in the Wild West.

David Davis, known for his keen sense of humor and lyrical style, has contributed several titles to Pelican's Night Before Christmas Series and is the author of Rock 'n' Roll Dogs, Texas Mother Goose, and Texas Zeke and the Longhorn. His books Ten Redneck Babies and Jazz Cats were both named to the Children's Choice Top 100 List. A finalist for the Texas Golden Spur Award, Jazz Cats was also a selection of the Accelerated Reader Program. Davis has published pen-and-ink artwork, cartoons, poems, humor, and short stories in various magazines and newspapers. He won the Mississippi Press Association award in 1996 for his political cartoons. An active speaker and presenter, Davis lives in Forth Worth, Texas.

Sue Marshall Ward studied art at Arlington State College, now the University of Texas at Arlington, and began a long career in art direction, advertising, and illustration. Though experienced in many fields of art, she finds the most enjoyment in illustrating children's books. She is the illustrator of the award-winning Ten Redneck Babies as well as Sugar Lump's Night Before Christmas and Texas Mother Goose. A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Ward lives in Arlington, Texas, with her husband.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 5

This collection of Aesop's fables rewritten to incorporate a Southwestern flavor may have regional appeal only as the retellings are full of unfamiliar colloquial phrases and words like "ramuda " and "vaquero." There is no glossary. The language is often stilted or cumbersome. The humorous illustrations are colorful but also somewhat static; the characters' expressions and actions appear frozen. Jerry Pinkney's Aesop Fables (SeaStar, 2000) and Brad Sneed's Aesop's Fables (Dial, 2003) are better choices.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589805699
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,421,719
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David Davis is the author of almost a dozen books with Pelican, including Jazz Cats, a 2002 Children's Book Choice selection; Librarian's Night Before Christmas; Nurse's Night Before Christmas; Ten Redneck Babies: A Southern Counting Book; Texas Aesop's Fables; Texas Mother Goose; and Texas Zeke and the Longhorn. Four of his books have earned spots on the Accelerated Reader list. He resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

An illustrator at heart, Ward left years of advertising illustration, where computers had gained a firm foothold in graphics, and jumped into children's books. "It took me a long time to find myself," she says, "but I love illustrating children's text and taking the art a few steps beyond the word, when there is an opportunity. "

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