Aesop's Fables

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Scholastic Inc., Oct 1, 1990 - Juvenile Fiction - 80 pages
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Here are the time-honored fables of Aesop as never seen before. Santore's
animals leap off the page in explosions of color, giving messages to ponder and
physical beauty to savor. "School Library Journal" called this
interpretation of the classic morality tales" a delight to the eye and ear."
 

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This book helps me to be mindful of consequences and inspires me to be positive about any situation.

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ISBN 0590438808 - Aesop's fables really do deserve the "Classics" title - these stories have been around for so long and still remain accurate, educational and informative. Perhaps this is due to the use of animals, whose behaviors don't hinge upon technology, rather than people.
Short stories, each highlighting a lesson, which is printed in italics (in case you might miss it otherwise!). Adults might be surprised to find some lessons attributed to Aesop - things you've heard all your life and never thought about, such as "birds of a feather flock together". Younger kids might need a little help to understand some messages, but most are clear and simple. McGovern did a nice job with the re-telling of these gems. The illustrations don't come even close to living up to the colorful cover - maybe this was to reflect the timelessness of the stories, because a good number of the pictures are similar to very old artworks found in caves and archaelogical digs. That's just a guess, though, and the illustrations are the reason I'm taking away one star.
A nice, super quick read for all ages, intended for the 8-12 set, and a must-read in one format or another. No one should go through their whole life without reading Aesop ONCE!
- AnnaLovesBooks
 

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Contents

The Fox and the Grapes
5
The Donkey in the Lions Skin
6
The Hunter and the Woodsman
7
The Falconer and the Partridge
8
The Hare and the Hound
9
The Stag at the Pool
10
The Farmer and the Stork
12
The Ant and the Grasshopper
13
The Miller His Son and Their Donkey
44
The Oxen and the Driver
46
The Mischievous Dog
47
The Old Woman and the Physician
48
The Playful Donkey
50
The Fox and the Stork
51
The Lion and the Bulls
52
The Milkmaid and Her Pail
53

The Donkey the Rooster and the Lion
14
The Fox Without a Tail
16
The Lion and the Boar
17
Jupiter and the Bee
19
Dog in the Manger
20
The Crow in the Pitcher
22
The Porcupine and the Moles
23
Hercules and the Wagoner
24
The Two Travelers and the Ax
25
The Boastful Traveler
26
The Fox and the Goat
27
The Fox and the Woodcutter
28
The Shepherd and the Wolf
30
The Hares and the Frogs
31
The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf
33
Jupiter Neptune Minerva and Momus
34
The Ant and the Dove
35
The Farmer and His Sons
36
The Lark and Her Young Ones
38
The Wolf the Lion and the Lamb
39
The Miser
40
The Lion and the Mouse
42
The Horse and the Groom
43
The Wolf and the Lamb
54
The Mice in Council
55
The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner
56
The Horse the Hunter and the Stag
57
The Sick Lion
58
The Salt Peddler and the Donkey
59
The Hare and the Tortoise
60
The Bundle of Sticks
62
The Travelers and the Bear
63
The Lion in Love
65
The Wolf in Sheeps Clothing
66
The Fox and the Crow
67
The Trees and the Ax
68
The Boy and the Nuts
69
The Frogs Who Desired a King
70
The Goose With the Golden Eggs
72
The Wolf and the Crane
73
The Rooster and the Jewel
74
The Gnat and the Bull
75
The Monkey and the Dolphin
77
The Lioness
78
About Aesop
79
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Ann McGovern has been writing children's books for over 35 years. She has published over 45 titles including STONE SOUP, several books in the IF YOU LIVED.... series, and SCRAM, KID! (Viking, 1974), which won the Horn Book Award. McGovern spent part of her career at Scholastic, where she created the See-Saw Book Club. McGovern lives in New York City.

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