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Little Book of Fables [Hardcover]

Veronica Uribe , Constanza Bravo , Susan Ouriou

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Book Description

July 9 2004 Groundwood Books

Little Book of Fables is a fresh retelling of fifteen of Aesop's timeless tales and five more stories that originated with other well-known fabulists. Veronica Uribe chose these fables for their inherent charm as amusing and popular stories known to many in one version or another.

Young readers will recognize traditional favorites such as The Fox and the Crow and The Shepherd and the Wolf, while other tales such as The Milkmaid and Belling the Cat may be new to them. The lessons derived from many of these fables have been adopted by cultures the world over and are reflected in familiar sayings such as Don't kill the goose that lays the golden egg or Slow and steady wins the race.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books (July 9 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888995733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888995735
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 11.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,936,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 5 - In an appealing format just right for small hands, this tiny volume presents 20 fables selected from Aesop, de la Fontaine, Don Juan Manuel, and others. Uribe's literary retellings, expertly translated by Ouriou, sacrifice none of the pithiness of fables but supply a leisurely beginning, motivation, and description unusual in the genre. For instance, the mouse who encounters a lion was "out walking, not paying attention to where he was going, and he accidentally walked right up over a lion taking a nap." The City Mouse and Country Mouse feast on "cheese from Holland, ham from Italy, white bread, almond cake and apple pie." A comprehensive note supplies information on Aesop, the origin of fables, and the genre itself. Bravo's elegant, framed and unframed vignettes are delightfully stylish and full of child appeal, with an easily understood moral set off by a unifying color. An irresistible combination of words and pictures, this little book just begs to be read and the morals quoted. A true keeper. - Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA
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Review

A dramatic, meticulously crafted full-page scene in pen-and-ink and watercolor wash opens each fable. (Publishers Weekly 2004-12-01)

An irresistible combination of words and pictures, this little book just begs to be read and the morals quoted. A true keeper. (School Library Journal 2005-02-01)

Gorgeously coloured, folksy illustrations by Costanza Bravo enhance these simple stories beautifully. (Resource Links 2004-12-01)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect gift for child Dec 30 2008
By Deb Dowling - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This small treasure of a book will be a perfect gift for any child with a mom who is always spouting out popular sayings at their children, like me! The fables each include a lesson which can explain why we say "Slow and steady wins the race" or "Don't count your chickens before they've hatched." The simple presentation of each one of the twenty fables includes a picture followed by its simply stated moral. A precious little find!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little but Good for small kids Feb. 15 2011
By Will Riddle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Ok, I didn't read the dimensions of the book and I was surprised that it wasn't a full size book. It's 4x6 or something. But considering the up and down reviews of the other popular Fable books on Amazon, I went ahead and tried this one. I am glad I did.

I was looking for something that would be good for my 3 to 5 year olds. Most fable stories are very short, and most of them don't have enough pictures to hold a young child's interest. Or a good layout. But this little book had great, colorful pictures on each page which was a real winner. It doesn't have as many fables as Milo Winter's version, or some of the others. But it does have about 20 of the most famous ones including "the Hen that laid the Golden Egg," "The Boy who Cried Wolf," The City Mouse and Country Mouse, the Lion and the Mouse, the Tortoise and the Hair, etc.

It night not be THE definitive choice for teaching fables, but if you have an extra 8.95 to spare, it is a good purchase. We have Milo Winters, Dover, and some other versions, and this one is at the top of my list.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what we wanted May 12 2014
By Jennifer Harold - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Our daughter borrowed this book from our local library and loved it so much we renewed it almost 15 times before I bought her her own copy. She likes the fables but the pictures and size are perfect for her.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 12 2014
By Maria R levito - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Great! Love my book!

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