- Paperback: 504 pages
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press (October 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0252073819
- ISBN-13: 978-0252073816
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Fables of Jean de La Fontaine
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"Ably translated from the French by Shapiro, the voices of the animals, birds, insects (and even the occasional human) who populate La Fontaine's fables come alive in rhyme and rhythm that develop the traditional tales." --Library Journal
"In Shapiro's translations, meaning and sound patterns flow into each other with metrical control and create La Fontaine's soothing melody, which is reinforced through a never-ending wit and humor to articulate and to overcome his distaste for human folly."--Translation Review
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pleased to find it. The fables are for children and adults, and each one makes a strong point. This is a very good family book.
"American " english. for example The Cicada and the ant became the Grasshopper and the ant somehow in the USA!
I also needed these poems to coordinate with some Disney and Looney Tunes versions of the written fables.
Should be fun. Some of these students are much older than I am. Quite a different population from my Jr High, High School and Community College populations.
I want to encourage this class to write their own fables, etc for a small publication after the class is over.