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Aesop's Fables [Hardcover]

Anna Milbourne , Gillian Doherty , Linda Edwards

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Books (Jan. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 079451135X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794511357
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 22.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,047,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fables I grew up with - simple and well illustrated Feb. 12 2009
By Sharmin Panjvani - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for my daughter because I grew up with these stories and I wanted my daughter to read them too. She loves the simple stories with a moral at the end. She often relates the morals to her own life and things she does. She will ask for many of the stories by name and will even tell us the stories in her abbreviated form. I'm really glad I bought this book for her.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too wordy Feb. 13 2010
By Scott D. Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book to read to my son, 4-1/2 years old. The author stretches Aesop's fables out considerably, here, with much additional detail and description of flowers, animals, etc. Too much stretching, in my opinion, at least for my son's patience. The illustrations are okay, but they are limited and fairly small due to the large amount of text devoted to each fable. Each fable is about three to five full pages of text. I haven't compared this with other versions of Aesop's fables but, if I had it to do over again, I would try another version. My son likes this book but often gets bored in the middle of a fable and wants to skip ahead.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment Feb. 17 2011
By Miracle on La Cadena - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this book for my 3 1/2 year old daughter and was very disappointed with the poorly written stories. The fables are almost unrecognizable as the author(s) tries to stretch each one out ad nauseum. The writing is shallow and boring; the few pictures contained in the book are unattractive. Also, the fables seem to have been modernized; for example, the "Boy who cried wolf" is said to have had "too little drama in his life" which caused him to play tricks on others by falsley calling for help. I am sorry I purchased this book and it has been relegated to the Goodwill box in the closet.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories June 28 2009
By KC - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this a a birthday gift for the little one. She loves it! We read a story every night before she goes to bed. Lovely illustrations too. Not too complicated for your toddler or younger ones.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! Dec 12 2009
By iris - Published on Amazon.com
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I simply love this book! It's really an easy-read. Colorful Illustration. Short stories to captivate children until they get used to reading longer and longer stories.

I know there are tons more stories out there for Aesop's Fables other than the popular ones featured on this one, and I wish they'd make a whole collection of those, too, I would buy them for sure!

Also, as everyone knows, most children's stories were originally spun out of dark gloomy stories or myths that were aimed for adults rather than children from old times (such as Andersen stories or Greek Myth or what not). So even if I try to find a good Andersen story book for children, it does have some gruesome bits (like Hensel Gretel putting witch in the stove or what not...). I never really paid much attention to that when I read them when I was a kid actually, but now that I'm a parent, I'm wondering if it would bother my child or she'd just completely ignore that aspect like I did as a child.

But unlike those tales, Aesop's Fables are all nice stories, there are outwitted fox and rabbits for being too arrogant or playing tricks too much or what not, but not a gruesome ending for the real villain.

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