The list author says: "I love children's books in general, but pet or animal books especially. I use many of these books to study foreign languages, by reading them and then reading their translations, purchased from book stores abroad. Children's books are an enjoyable way to study foreign languages."
"I've always adored Aesop's fables. His stories are simple, short and lovely! A range of animals illustrate human qualities and this book is readily available on the Internet in a range of different languages. It's great for foreign language study."
"Of course, this is more Aesop, but this book is particularly fun. And again, translations in a range of languages are easily available on the Internet. The story has classic traits of kindness and courage. It's wonderful!"
"Of course, a caterpillar isn't actually an animal, but this is a delightful story anyway. And as an English teaching tool for students with English as a Second Language, it's perfect. It has simple vocabulary and repeated phrases for reinforcement. It's marvelous."
"This has been one of my favorite books of all time and when I found a copy of it in Japanese in a bookstore in Tokyo, I was DELIGHTED!!!! It's a great book for foreign language study, but that's because it's such a wonderful story!"
"This is a classic book from my childhood and I hope from the childhood of many as it teaches a solid work ethic. I would LOVE to find this book in a foreign language and I hope as Amazon expands into other countries, more titles will become available in non-English translations here in the U.S."
"I've always admired the spirit of Black Beauty, the horse that didn't need a whip and would run until she dropped. Like so many of the great classics, this book carries with it the idea of hard work and a solid ethic."