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Aesop's Fables for Children: Includes a Read-and-Listen CD (Dover Read and Listen) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-20 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 58 user ratings
ISBN:0486467708
LANGUAGE:English

" I'd always wanted to own a good collection of Aesop's fables. I chose this one because of the really gorgeous artwork that accompanies each fable. The colors the artist uses are wonderful, and create a gentle, old-fashioned effect. The fables themselves are always fun to re-read, and the 'moral of the story' is as pertinent now as it ever was in Aesop's day. " said.

" Written by Milo Winter and Aesop, illustrated by Milo Winter, published by Children's Press, 1985.Summary: A collection of 112 classic moral stories originally written or told by Aesop. Response: It's great to have all of these stories in one place and the illustrations are help tell the story for young readers. Some of the language may be difficult for students to understand and would require some explanation. Possible Units: Character Education " said.

" We love Aesop's Fables and enjoy reading various versions for our school time. This is my favorite "spine"--the illustrations are excellent. My children listen to these and often act out of a fable as their narration. Sometimes the "lesson" is not quite aligned with what we think it should be--so we discuss that, too. Our copy is going to fall apart before my son is out of elementary school, because it gets that much daily use! " said.

" ---I also now have a jacket-less hardcover that is beautiful from Dalmation Press. When I search the ISBN it comes up with a Mother Goose, so that is odd. I guess they reused it? This version that I have added has a fairy, a rose and some other animals on top, but it is also illustrated by Milo Winter. I'll try to remember to take a photo to upload, as I couldn't find one online when I searched. Newly added App from LOC with interactive features. " said.

" Library of Congress Digital Adaptation at http://www.read.gov/aesop/index.htmlStories from The Aesop for Children is a delightful, albeit simple digital version of a physical book. Many of the detailed illustrations originally drawn by Milo Winter are made interactive in this version; frogs croak, "The Frogs and the Ox,"cats creep, "Belling the Cat,"and birds chirp, "The Fox and the Grapes." Compared with contemporary digital books, this book's interactivity seems limited. " said.

"The Cock and the Fox

Moral: The trickster is easily tricked

This fable made a fool out of the trickster fox once again. The fox spots a rooster in a tree, and thinks he found an easy meal by telling it all animals have decided to be friends and forget their differences. The rooster pulls a fast one right back at the fox by yelling out, oh let us invite those dogs that are running this way! The fox is afraid of getting eaten and runs away. The trickster character always seems to assume their plan is fool proof. When they are outsmarted, it teaches a lesson about trustworthiness. In the case of the cock and the fox, the rooster did not believe the fox's lie. Trickster morals are great for young kids to teach them how to think about their choices.
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"I loved this book! i loved to see all the different life lessons portrayed in a simple story. One of my favorite morals in this book was " take care of the little things, and the big ones will take care of themselves." this reminds us that for example, if we want to be a great person, be kind to others every day and eventually you will be better. That fable tells the story of an astrologer who is trying to see the future in the stars and is so caught up with big things that he falls into a mud pit. The story wants you to see that the astrologer should keep track of what is in front of him and the future will unfold in harmony with our choices. Another of my favorites was the raven who is thirsty and uses his wit to help him. He drops stones into the pitcher until he can drink the water. I would recommend this to anyone." said.

"Aesop’s fables were more like short epigrams, moralizations couched mainly in the form of stories featuring talking animals. These aren’t anthropomorphized creatures dressed up in clothes; these were beings acting according to the nature of beasts but whose actions reflected that of mankind. Thus, Aesop slyly criticized the people around him without endangering himself by naming names. While the bulk of his stories may have been forgotten or be unknown to the majority of modern readers, certain of the tales stick in the memory (the phrase “sour grapes” is taken from one featuring a frustrated fox and “dog in the manger” from a nasty dog and the hungry oxen it thwarts).

The drawings are very good, too, as the colored illustrations highlight the main points in each story. They enhance the stories admirably, making this book one of those sure to be treasured and passed down from generation to generation.
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