Little Book of Fables Hardcover – Jul 9 2004
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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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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, STARRED REVIEW 2005-02-01)
Gorgeously coloured, folksy illustrations by Costanza Bravo enhance these simple stories beautifully. (Resource Links 2004-12-01)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.