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Aesop's Fables Hardcover – September 29, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 2nd ptg thus edition (September 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803727518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803727519
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5-Sneed has chosen 15 tales to retell and illustrate. The art, done in watercolor, colored pencil, and acrylic, is a standout. The animals, while realistically proportioned, are endowed with the character and personality that connect them to the human foibles that the tales illuminate. The palette is both varied and vibrant, and the artist has posed his creatures in a range of inventive yet possible positions. The text, however, is not as impressive. The use of colloquialisms in the dialogue-"golly," "holy cow," etc.-seems at odds with the more formal language of the narratives. Libraries who have invested in Jerry Pinkney's Aesop's Fables (SeaStar, 2000), which features 60 tales and has a better meld of text and illustration, may consider this an additional purchase.
Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

K-Gr. 3. Aesop's fables have been retold for centuries, and there's no end in sight. Sneed offers 15 retellings (the sixteenth, the "Tortoise and the Hare," is wordless) in sometimes jarringly contemporary language but keeps the classic morals at the end of each. The lazy grasshopper tells the ants to "Take a load off," and the rooster soon to become the eagle's lunch cries, "What?! Nobody wants a piece of me?" Each fable is a double-page, full-bleed spread, and the text is brief, a few paragraphs at most. Watercolor, colored pencil, and acrylic paintings are fully realized; the animals are depicted in surreal detail but with exaggeratedly human expressions. Note the supercilious grin on the face of the fox, who is flattering the crow into dropping the cheese in its beak. Not as elegant as Doris Orgel's The Lion and the Mouse and Other Aesop's Fables (2000) but not as serious either. GraceAnne DeCandido
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Bjork on May 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My mother bought this book for my daughter because it has a huge picture of the tortoise and the hare on the cover, but the story is not actually in the book. She asked me several times how my daughter liked the tortoise and the hare until I told her it wasn't included in the book. She had to see for herself since it is so obviously depicted on the cover. She ended up buying another book that actually did have the tortoise and the hare.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As other reviewers have noted, the text of the fables is written in a contemporary style, but with oddly dated slang. The collection also omits some favorite fables (i.e., the tortoise and the hare is illustrated but not retold, Androcles and the Lion is not included at all...). However, the illustrations really draw young readers into the tales. I would have purchased this book for the illustrations alone. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea on April 14, 2011
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I was a little bit bummed out because I thought the tortoise and the hare would be in this book but it's not. I didn't recognize many of the stories but I did enjoy the stories. But just to let everyone know it doesn't have the story of the tortoise and the hare.
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By K. Best on September 27, 2008
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After searching through many Aesop's Fables books I decided on this one and I am SO glad I did. I plan on reading this book to my children and future grade school students. The pictures are absolutely wonderful and the fables are short enough to keep the attention of young children. Each fable is concluded with the moral of the story. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for a beautifully illustrated version of Aesop's Fables. GREAT KIDS BOOK!!
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