- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- 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: 8.9 x 0.6 x 11.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,126 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aesop's Fables Hardcover – September 1, 2000
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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
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I bought this for my daughter who is 3. She's a bit young to understand the moral lesson of the fables, however this is a nice book to have in a child's library. I have been enjoying reading the fables which I hadn't read since I was a child, as now I am better able to appreciate the morals.
For parents who would like to convert the disc to MP3 files and add the story/track information here is a list of are all the stories on the CD. If you use J. River Media Center the track information has also been uploaded to their servers so it should automatically add it when you rip/convert the CD to MP3 files.
Aesop's Fables for Children CD Tracklist
Track 1: Introduction
Track 2: The Wolf And The Kid
Track 3: The Frog And The Ox
Track 4: The Dog, The Cock And The Fox
Track 5: Belling The Cat
Track 6: Hercules And The Wagoner
Track 7: The Town Mouse And The Country Mouse
Track 8: The Fox And The Grapes
Track 9: The Bundle Of Sticks
Track 10: The Lion And The Mouse
Track 11: The Shepherd Boy And The Wolf
Track 12: The Farmer And The Stork
Track 13: The Travelers And The Purse
Track 14: The Owl And The Grasshopper
Track 15: The Oak And The Reeds
Track 16: The Rat And The Elephant
Track 17: The Crow And The Pitcher
Track 18: The Ants And The Grasshopper
Track 19: The Ass And The Load Of Salt
Track 20: The Ass, The Fox, And The Lion
Track 21: The Fox And The Stork
Track 22: The Wolf And The Lean Dog
Track 23: The Lion And The Ass
Track 24: The Monkey And The Dolphin
Track 25: The Rabbit, The Weasel, And The Cat
Track 26: The Heron
Track 27: The Cock And The Fox
Track 28: The Fox And The Goat
Track 29: The Cat, The Cock, And The Young Mouse
Track 30: The Goose And The Golden Egg
Track 31: The Mouse And The Weasel
Track 32: The Goatherd And The Wild Goats
Track 33: Mercury And The Woodman
Track 34: The Serpent And The Eagle
Track 35: The Wolf In Sheep's Clothing
Track 36: The Dog And His Reflection
Track 37: The Hare And The Tortoise
Track 38: The Fox And The Crow]
Track 39: The Ant And The Dove
Track 40: The Wolf, The Kid, And The Goat
Track 41: The Lion's Share
Track 42: The North Wind And The Sun
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This is a nice hardcover book with thick pages. It contains 20 of the well-known fables I learned and read as a child.They have been updated with more of a modern twist, but they are still wonderful. The illustrations in the book are spectacular. The words are not too small and not too large. At the bottom below each of the fable is the moral that the child should be learning from reading the passage. The majority of the fables are one page of writing. There are a few that have two pages. It is easy to read for young children.
There is also a CD with the Aesop's Fable book is a great resource to go along with the book. It does resource the book and advise what page the story can be found in the book.
I purchased this book for use in homeschool with a second and fourth grader. It worked great. It would also be suitable for smaller children.
SUGGESTIONS: For the perfect children's literature additions, find a used copy of Udo Weigelt's "The Sandman" (it is sadly out of print), and also get Mary Engelbreit's "Mother Goose". Both of those books are just lovely, absolute musts!
This handsome 1999 edition, The Classic Treasury of Aesop's Fables beautifully illustrated by Don Daily [ 1940- 2002 A.D. ] sets out Aesop's best loved stories and their moral message to delight and inform children of all ages.