The Fox and the Grapes

Overview

Fox spends his day watching others work and waiting for them to bring him food. When he is all alone and hungry, he finds it isn't as easy to get the food for himself. Find the moral to Aesop's fable in the easy-to-read, brilliantly illustrated Short Tales Fable The Fox and the Grapes. Short Tales is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Publishing Group. Grades 1-4.

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Overview

Fox spends his day watching others work and waiting for them to bring him food. When he is all alone and hungry, he finds it isn't as easy to get the food for himself. Find the moral to Aesop's fable in the easy-to-read, brilliantly illustrated Short Tales Fable The Fox and the Grapes. Short Tales is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Publishing Group. Grades 1-4.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
The message behind the expression of "sour grapes" is lost in this convoluted retelling of the familiar fable. Fox's mother tells him he should find some lunch, but Fox asserts that someone will bring him something to eat. His mother points to his brother who is jumping to get an apple from a nearby tree and tells Fox that food tastes better when you work to get it. Fox continues to laze around and his brother gives him his hard-earned apple reinforcing Fox's notion that someone else will provide for his needs. Later Fox walks into the forest looking for his family—not because he is hungry—and spots some grapes growing high on a vine. He jumps up several times, but does not reach them and concludes that they are sour anyway. The stated moral at the end is "It's easy to despise what you cannot have." Unfortunately, it does not appear that Fox learned that, or any other, lesson. The illustrations featuring angular-shaped foxes against dark backgrounds are unappealing. Better choices for sharing this fable are readily available. It is a part of the "Short Tales Fables" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602705531
  • Publisher: Magic Wagon
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Short Tales Fables Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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