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Aesop's Fables Hardcover – September 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587170000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587170003
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Beautifully designed, this lush, oversize volume showcases Pinkney's (The Ugly Duckling) artistry in grand style. There's a king's ransom worth of material here, as Pinkney serves up more than 60 of the ancient Greek slave-philosopher's fables. Aesop's wisdom spills across the pages as freely as Pinkney's glorious watercolors, alight with the many creatures who people the tales, from fiddling grasshoppers and diligent ants to wily foxes, clever crows, brave mice and grateful lions. Each of the vigorous retellings concludes with the kind of succinct moral that centuries of readers have come to expect (e.g., "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched"; "You are judged by the company you keep"). And whether the homilies concern a wolf in sheep's clothing or sour grapes, the timeless virtues resonate as freshly as the day they were minted. Pinkney brings his considerable talent to bear on everything from thumbnail animal portraits to sweeping full-page vistas of hearth and woodlands, and his detail, delicacy of line and subtle palette create an elegant foil for the simple parables. If there's room on the shelf for only one picture book version of Aesop, this could be it. All ages. (Oct.)
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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-A visually appealing selection of 61 fables that mixes the well known ("The Fox and the Grapes," "The Tortoise and the Hare") with some that have been nearly forgotten ("The Mermaid and the Woodcutter"). In tone and format, this book is reminiscent of early 20th-century Aesop collections for children. Like Arthur Rackham and Milo Winter before him, Pinkney accompanies the stories with a blend of full-page paintings and smaller illustrations. As in those earlier collections, his text uses ele-vated language and an extremely formal sentence structure. While such loftiness is appropriate for a "classic" Aesop collection, with this edition it becomes a bit of a stum-bling block. Unfortunately, Pinkney's intro-duction doesn't give a reason for the text choices or supply sources. Morals are at-tached to each fable and for the most part they are the time-honored ones. Using a mix of watercolor and colored pencil, Pinkney's illustrations of animal characters are fairly realistic while his depictions of humans lean toward the stylized. The artist's masterful use of watercolor is most evident in his pictures of the animals. Highlights include the dou-ble-page spread that accompanies "The Lion and the Mouse" and the full-page illustration for "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse." While the narrative style occasion-ally gets in the way of sharing aloud and its tone is sometimes at odds with the more re-laxed tone of the art, this handsome title is still one of the best of the current crop.
Denise Anton Wright, Alliance Library System, Bloomington, IL
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I love this book and I read it to my almost 5 year old.
Richard C. Mueller
Great read with plenty of short stories and big elaborate pictures the kids love.
J. A. Atkins
This book is beautiful illustrated on sturdy pages, nice big size.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on September 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Every child should read Aesop at some point, not only because of the time-honored wisdom contained in the stories, but also because knowing Aesop gives a cultural literacy that will bring great pleasure. Many of Aesop's morals have become proverbs whose original meaning is not remembered. When these privileged readers hear someone mention sour grapes, or they are admonished not to count their chickens before they're hatched, they will know exactly what is meant.

This gorgeously illustrated version makes the ancient genre of morality tales accessible to young listeners. The collection includes 52 fables (about a quarter of the corpus attributed to Aesop), including most of the better-known stories -- the tortoise and the hare, the boy who cried wolf, Androcles and the lion, and the stork and the crane -- as well as some lesser-known ones. Pinkney's mesmerizing watercolor paintings will hold attention long enough for the well-written text to be read aloud, and the traditional pithy moral will help anchor it in the memory. A child who has experienced this book ought to be delighted to encounter a broader Aesop collection later (although they will always remember the pictures that accompanied their first Aesop experience). If you must choose only one Aesop collection, choose one with more stories, but if you can afford a version for the younger set, this is an excellent choice.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Most kid books are just fluff. Boring stuff.
Aesop's Fables, on the other hand teach REAL VALUES: hard work, honesty, unity, etc. And we hear people refer to various fables on a regular basis throughout our lives.
A child is really disadvantaged if he doesn't get exposed to these valuable stories and internalize them at an early age.
I recently had to repeat the story of "the boy who cried wolf" to my 10-year old son, in order to help him to improve his behavior. this is one of the most important books you could buy for your child.
--George Stancliffe
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By "eviepage" on June 20, 2001
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This is a wonderful edition of these timeless tales. The illustrations are rich and vivid, full of action and life. Even the stories without a full page illustration are decorated with a small, evocative miniature. One reviewer finds the presence of "exclusive" language as a distraction. Please don't be misled -- these are not "politically correct" retellings of Aesop. Indeed, they are more true to the original than most versions of the fables available for children. Check it out for yourself and share it with a child.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 25, 2003
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Aesop's Fables is a great book that is a collection of short stories. This book gave us famous phrases that are used today, such as "sour grapes." These are easy to understand stories for all ages(unless you are under the age of 7). It's amazing that such small stories have great meaning. Every fable gives some kind of small lesson at the end. The characters fit each story very well. This book is a must read for people who wonder where some of our everyday phrases come from and who want to learn a lesson from just a few sentences.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By shanghi lil on July 26, 2010
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Purchased book for my grandchild. The fables remain the same over the years,but the illustrations are what caught my eye when making this purchase. They're warm, friendly and inviting to a child and adult. The illustrations always make the book more inviting to read. They of course help relate the story and I'm more than pleased with this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Atkins on July 15, 2013
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Great write up of the fables. I read it to my 5 and 7 year old, they love the one with the bear and the travelers.

Mr. Pinkney puts the "moral" at the end of the story which sums up the learning point very well. Real short and too the point. Though some of the "morals" at the end of each tale are a little difficult to describe to little ones, it takes little effort to make them work.

Great read with plenty of short stories and big elaborate pictures the kids love.

Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is some morals are written a bit beyond the 1st or 2nd grade level, when the rest of the work in the book is all at the level. Its not an exhaustive either, there are more Aesop fables that aren't included, but it works for what I'm using it to do. Great for bedtime stories.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Verna on January 17, 2012
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I began reading this to my four year old grandchild. She was captivated by each story and wanted me to read another and another. That was great. However, I was shocked to find two glaring typographical errors in the first reading. Using lead instead of led is a basic mistake. I hope being a grandmother does not place me so far out of what is being taught in schools these days, but come on!!!! Get it right!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharon P. Martin on November 12, 2009
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Am pleased with this book. Wanted Aseops with bright pictures so my new Grandson would love them as much as I.
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