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A Sip Of Aesop Paperback – August 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590478966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590478960
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,865,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Yolen and Barbour prove a dynamite pairing in this splashy picture book. Here they jazz up a baker's dozen of Aesop's much-loved fables, most of which are familiar ("The Boy Who Cried Wolf," "The Grasshopper and the Ants," "The Lion and the Mouse"), along with a few quirkier choices ("The Frog and the Ox," "The Tortoise and the Eagle"). Yolen sets the fables to verse, and clever verse it is, neatly distilling the essence of Aesop into a series of quatrains. Studded with outrageous puns ("The Fox and the Grapes," for instance, ends with this moral: "High or low/ Upon the vine,/ Sour grapes/ Make an awful whine"), the rhymes can't help but spark smiles all around. Barbour (Little Nino's Pizzeria) dives wholeheartedly into the spirit of the literary renovation, dipping her brush in the hot colors of the Caribbean-teal, fuchsia, parrot green, chili pepper red. Flamboyantly surreal, her artwork is focused, yet alive with activity. This one's a winner in every way, and could easily outdistance the competition to become the best-loved Aesop on the shelf. Ages 5-10.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4?A disappointing effort. Yolen has rewritten 13 well-known fables in rhyme. They are all in ABCB form, and the moral is a four-line verse as well. Much is sacrificed for the sake of rhyme or scansion. The morals are often stilted, and fitting the required sentiment into the verse form causes the author to stretch the point, especially when she wants to include a pun as well. There are many dubious rhymes?"nylon" and "li-on" (sic), "ruin" and "do in" are a couple. Barbour's bold acrylic illustrations are flat, bright, and appealing, but with so many good versions of Aesop available, there is no need to add this one.?JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, Jane Yolen is a person of many talents. When she is not writing, Yolen composes songs, is a professional storyteller on the stage, and is the busy wife of a university professor, the mother of three grown children, and a grandmother. Active in several organizations, Yolen has been on the Board of Directors of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1986 to 1988, is on the editorial board of several magazines, and was a founding member of the Western New England Storytellers Guild, the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, and the Bay State Writers Guild. For twenty years, she ran a monthly writer's workshop for new children's book authors. In 1980, when Yolen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the citation recognized that "throughout her writing career she has remained true to her primary source of inspiration--folk culture." Folklore is the "perfect second skin," writes Yolen. "From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world." Folklore, she believes, is the universal human language, a language that children instinctively feel in their hearts. All of Yolen's stories and poems are somehow rooted in her sense of family and self. The Emperor and the Kite, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1983 for its intricate papercut illustrations by Ed Young, was based on Yolen's relationship with her late father, who was an international kite-flying champion. Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal for John Schoenherr's exquisite watercolors, was inspired by her husband's interest in birding. Yolen's graceful rhythms and outrageous rhymes have been gathered in numerous collections. She has earned many awards over the years: the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Society of Children's Book Writers Award, the Mythopoetic Society's Aslan Award, the Christopher Medal, the Boy's Club Jr. Book Award, the Garden State Children's Book Award, the Daedalus Award, a number of Parents' Choice Magazine Awards, and many more. Her books and stories have been translated into Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Afrikaans, !Xhosa, Portuguese, and Braille. With a versatility that has led her to be called "America's Hans Christian Andersen," Yolen, the child of two writers, is a gifted and natural storyteller. Perhaps the best explanation for her outstanding accomplishments comes from Jane Yolen herself: "I don't care whether the story is real or fantastical. I tell the story that needs to be told."

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"If naps and laps you do confuse, You are surely bound to lose."
Taking Aesop's familiar gems and re-setting them into witty verse, Yolen polishes the old stories and makes them sparkle. The poetry, while seemingly simple, can lead kids through a bit of puzzling before they can explicate each line, even when they know the original fable. A great book for teachers.
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Happy librarian - needed book found here! Hope the teachers and students are happy with them, too! The only downside is that I must catalogue them myself, but it is worth the time and effort to be able to get materials not available elsewhere at these prices!
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By S. Ford on November 10, 2012
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The young person (5 yr old ) I am reading these to is not all that interested. Perhaps he'll appreciate it when he gets a bit older. The illustrations are marvellous. I find with poetry, one needs to sit still and listen, really listen to appreciate our rhyming language. Grandson is not yet skilled at the 'sitting still' part.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By flagday1960 on December 11, 2003
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Buy it even IF it is "Communist Corps Recommended"( "Common Core" ). Wonderfully sing-song poetry (I'm a fan of the iambic pentameter myself, but I'll let the author slide). if you like Aesop, and want another SUPERBLY illustrated rhyming version of 11 fables by Aesop, lay out the cash for the large, spiral-bound book from the 40's: "Aesop's Animal Fables In Verse, Picture, and Game" (inside back cover contains a "Candyland"-style game). "Verses by KIRBY MUIR / Pictures by RALPH RAY / Drawings for Game by JAMES RYAN" (says inside front cover) . See my reviews there at the TWO versions / TWO listings arrogance.com will never, ever combine into one correct and accurate listing, I don't care how many emails you send to India. ebaY is also a good place to get Aesop books (some written in wonderfully archaic English ("a hound flushed a hare from its form...").
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