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on 24 March 2009
This `Aesops Fables' is a beautifully illustrated, but inexpensive, edition of this book beloved by adults and children everywhere. You get all the fables with the addition of excellent line drawings to illustrate the various tales. The fables are very short and simple and are usually only a paragraph or two. Occasionally they will have a sentence underneath explaining the moral of the fable but generally you are left to work it our for yourself. A few of the fables seem to have no point whatsoever, they are simply a telling of a conversation between two animals for example, but not every fable has to have a moral or meaning behind it for you to enjoy it. As one of my friends pointed out, there are some quite dark tales in here, like one animal flaying another animals skin to wear it, and I guess in todays sanitised society this may shock some parents or kids, but this is pretty benign stuff and classic children's literature that can teach some valuable lessons. It is surprising just how many of these fables you know from your own childhood and how many of todays everyday phrases come from these stories. This would be perfect for bedtime stories as the fables are short, often involve talking animals and carry a message. A classic book and a simple yet attractive edition. Worth a look.
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