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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: North-South Books (9 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735820686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735820685
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 642,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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--"REDBOOK, "Best for Kids, December 1990 These timeless stories, from "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" to "The Fox and the Crow," are accompanied by stunning classic illustrations by 19th- and 20th-century painters. These beautiful reproductions will give children an appreciation for art, but they're not to be outdone by the text. "The fables are perfect for parents and children to read together," Dodge says. "The morals at the end of each tale will spark meaningful discussions. This collection could become a family treasure."--"SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, " March 1991 No other collection of fables so clearly demonstrates the range of artists who have illustrated Aesop than this one. More than 50 fables are each accompanied by at least one illustration from nearly 30 works from Charles Henry Bennett's 1857 version to Edward Bawden's in 1970. The excellent introduction sums up Aesop's importance in literature, and discusses the gradual shift in the intended audience over the years, from adults to children and back to adults. Well-loved fables are included, but many of these will not be as familiar: "The Mountain in Labour," "The Rose and the Butterfly," and "The Ass and His Driver." Crisp, to-the-point tellings never detract from the main focus--the fantastic array of classic illustrations, reproduced from original editions in museums and private collections. There is a wide assortment of illustrational styles, I and the list of artists reads like a "Who's Who" of 19th and early 20th century art: Edwin Noble, Arthur Rackham, Alex and Calder, Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, Milo Winter, Jack Orr, and Sophia Rosamund Praeger. The collection bears a decidedly British stamp, and young children may not respond to the remote quality of the illustrations. Nevertheless, it's a wonderful opportunity for older children and adults to compare and contrast artists' perspectives. A must for larger folklore collections, as the book will be of special interest to researchers. Twenty-nine of Aesop's many fine illustrators are represented by the 60 reproductions here, including 17 by Rackham and more modest contributions from artists ranging from Caldecott, Crane, and Lucy Fitch Perkins (of twin-book fame) to Alexander Calder. A brief introduction catalogues the fables' history as a subject for illustration--apparently what is referred to on the jacket as "introductory notes on the artists" (a misleading exaggeration). The pungently concise text is uncredited, but is an acceptable alternative to the embroideries fashionable in recent versions. A notably handsome edition, especially useful for its well-chosen sampling of art, with handy access through an illustrators' index. --"KIRKUS REVIEWS, " November 1990 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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"Aesop (also spelled Æsop, from the Greek A???o?—Ais?pos), known only for the genre of fables ascribed to him, was by tradition a slave (?o??o?) who was a contemporary of Croesus and Peisistratus in the mid-sixth century BC in ancient Greece. The various collections that go under the rubric "Aesop's Fables" are still taught as moral lessons and used as subjects for various entertainments, especially children's plays and cartoons. Most of what are known as Aesopic fables is a compilation of tales from various sources, many of which originated with authors who lived long before Aesop. Aesop himself is said to have composed many fables, which were passed down by oral tradition. Socrates was thought to have spent his time turning Aesop's fables into verse while he was in prison. Demetrius Phalereus, another Greek philosopher, made the first collection of these fables around 300 BC. This was later translated into Latin by Phaedrus, a slave himself, around 25 BC. The fables from these two collections were soon brought together and were eventually retranslated into Greek by Babrius around A.D. 230. Many additional fables were included, and the collection was in turn translated to Arabic and Hebrew, further enriched by additional fables from these cultures." (Quote from wikipedia.org) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Philip Duncan on 6 Sept. 2005
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Aesop's fables are beautifully, beautifully illustrated in this edition - I'm glad i got it just for the pictures, which are lovely.
I should say, the prose is wooden and parsed in some cases (eg: the dog and his reflection) to the point of being quite befuddling if you don't already know the story.
If you're happy reading this to your children and embellishing the stories yourself from memory it's a great buy for the pictures, which are charming and full of details, otherwise try another edition.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Mar. 2009
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jo_C on 20 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Lovely book, with simple morals at the end of the stories. I also have Michale Murpurgos version but find it too simplistic, to the point where the morals are a bit wishy washy. I much prefer this version.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Bob on 6 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for a christmas present, in looking thru the choices of the books available I used the "Look inside" feature which appeared to show a book containing about 200 fables, this appeared to be just what I was looking for so I purchased, I had noted that what I was looking at was from the Paperback edition and I would be sent the Hardback copy. This appeared good as it was for a present the Hardback copy was preferred.
When the book arrived it contained only about 10 fables! Whilst the book and illustrations were very good I think the advert details were VERY MISLEADING, I have since also purchased the "paperback edition" which whilst it has all the fables is as expected not as good quality print, paper, or illustrations.
I was always under the impression that the difference between a paperback copy and a hardback was the covers and lower quality paper and illustrations, NOT as above.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2000
Format: Paperback
The truisms reflected in the immortal tales of Aesop are twofold. Firstly, they are unforgettable fairy stories that I recall even after 23 years. Secondly, they are a fun and distracting way of reacquainting our dwindling youth with the concept of morals. It is a marvellous example of seduction rather than instruction. Take,for example, 'The boy who cried wolf.' Children get so carried away with the flow of the story that they absorb the moral without realising it. By the end the child is commenting on how the boy was silly and should not have lied. Brilliant. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Someone on 9 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
The kids love it. Especially the discussions that follow each story. This book contains excellent instructions for both parent and child. Note that the book is written in American.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reflection Haiku on 21 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This dazzling Classic Edition of AESOP'S FABLE has my initial concern that the advanced choice of compound words may be too difficult for my young children - but it quickly evaporated as they, intrigued by Aesop's unique fable power, struggled to pronounce them, asked about their meanings and moved on to figure out what had happened and what did the moral say. Through the process, the reservoir of their vocabularies is expanding and these memorable lessons imprint in their minds. The Frog and the Ox. The Wind and the Sun. The Fox and the Grapes. 53 Aesop's best fables were accompanied with magnificently artworks done by distinguished illustrators such as Charles Bennett, Milo Winter and Percy Billinghurst. Bring Aesop home and the kids will be naturally attracted to read about those silly (or wise) animals that act just like real human beings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Tomlinson on 15 April 2010
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Who could forget the story of the Tortoise walloping the Hare, here we have an affordable offering of old style childhoods, when things seemed much simpler and innocent. This book tells the fables in two ways, some have a line about the meaning of the tale others are left for one to work out one's self. Its a good read and great to read to children, although note should be taken that the odd fable is a bit gruesome so careful choice should be made when reciting to the very young. I would recommend this book,its a fair price and good fayre.Aesop's Fables (Wordsworth Children's Classics)
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