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The Wind and the Sun

The Wind and the Sun

by Aesop, Bernadette Watts Edith M B. B., Books North-South

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The sun and the wind test their strength by seeing which of them can force a man to remove his cloak.


The sun and the wind test their strength by seeing which of them can force a man to remove his cloak.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-- A lackluster version of a well-known fable, concluding with the moral that, ``. . . it is easier to influence people with gentleness than with force.'' Watts has chosen to mix watercolor washes with chalk pastels--at best a difficult feat. When it's successful, it creates luminosity and texture. But too often, her mixing of these two mediums simply looks dirty and smudged. The depiction of the human and animal characters leans toward a soft, muted realism, but it is rarely consistent. The page layout is also erratic, with some pages overflowing with glaring white space while others are crammed with illustration and text. Overall, a misguided and ineffective treatment of a fable that's available in almost any Aesop collection. --Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State University, Normal
Leone McDermott
Watts gives a warm rendition of Aesop's fable about the power of gentleness. The wind and the sun set a test to determine which of the two is stronger: the winner will be the one who can remove the coat from a traveler's back. The wind tries, in vain, to blow the coat off. But the sun simply shines more warmly, and soon the man removes the coat himself. Watts' retelling is simple and clear, with just a few lines of text per page. Her crayon-and-pen illustrations focus on a countryside full of trees, animals, flowers, and houses. The pictures are sweeping and expansive yet sweet and delicate in quality, and contain many engaging details. Colors are appropriately sunny in shades of yellow, orange, and yellow-green. A beguiling version of a timeless tale.

Product Details

North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 11.57(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Though many modern scholars dispute his existence, Aesop's life was chronicled by first century Greek historians who wrote that Aesop, or Aethiop, was born into Greek slavery in 620 B.C. Freed because of his wit and wisdom, Aesop supposedly traveled throughout Greece and was employed at various times by the governments of Athens and Corinth. Some of Aesop's most recognized fables are The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Grapes, and The Ant and the Grasshopper. His simple but effective morals are widely used and illustrated for children.

Bernadette Watts has loved to draw since her childhood in England. She created her first picture book under the influence of Beatrix Potter. Watts studied at the Maidstone Art School in Kent and is the illustrator of North South fairy tales The Snow Queen and The Ugly Duckling.

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