I was introduced to Brer Rabbit by my dad when he gave me a book similar to this one. The stories, about a collection of anthropomorphic animals who live on a plantation in the deep south of america, are simply great. Joel Harris, a journalist collected lots of original material from the region which obviously included tales from black americans of slave descent and the racial - but not racist - overtones are apparent, with this book being more Huckleberry Finn than Aunt Jemima. But, I'm not here writing an academic essay I'm here to recommend these stories, and to a large extent this book. The artwork is great, the writing is simple with a flavour of the original vocabulary retained and the selection of tales spot on - if only there were more than seven of them. The stories themselves are suitable for young children aged four and up, but I really enjoy reading them out loud to my boys. Anyway, anyone looking for a classic, and these tales are widely acknowledged as such, which says as much about the human condition as it does about a wily, lazy rabbit and the escapades he gets up to should get this. Essops Fables as told by Mark Twain!