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Aesop's Fables Paperback – 8 Oct 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd (8 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753414996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753414996
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 0.7 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,524,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Publishers WeeklyA host of anthologies gather favorites old and new...A dramatic image of the lion caught in the net as the mouse attempts to free him is especially effective. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.  Children's LiteratureColorful, whimsical illustrations depict people and animals in Ancient Greece as gracious and joyful. An engaging introduction to these timeless tales.

About the Author

Saviour Pirotta has written over 60 fiction and non-fiction books for children and his works have been translated into ten languages. He has a special interest in myths and traditional legends from around the world. He was born in Malta and is a trained chef. He is the author of Kingfisher's Around the World in 80 Tales (2007), illustrated by Richard Johnson. Richard Johnson graduated from Loughborough University School of Art and Design in 1999 and has been working as an illustrator ever since. Presented with the Silver Award for children's book illustration in Images 26, Richard has illustrated picture books for Chrysalis, Templar, OUP, Lion and HarperCollins, and is collaborating with Saviour Pirotta for Kingfisher again on Around the World in 80 Tales, publishing in November 2007.

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By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I can't praise this book enough. It is simply one of the best retellings of Aesop's Fables on the market, and there are loads out there. Pirotta's text is witty, accesible and warm, making you root for the animal protagonists in every story. It's a delight to read out loud. The animals really do come alive with every reading and my daughter has learnt to say their lines in different voices. We especially like the poor old tortoise in The Tortoise and the Hare. She reminds me of an old aunt, complete with swollen ankles abd puffed-up feet. My daughter and I are hoping there will be an audiobook soon, which we would listen to on long journeys, perhaps on our way to Greece for our holidays. Pirotta's text really does make the Greek world come to life, especially in the real-life intros narrated by Aesop himself.
At this price this is a fantastic bargain for a gift book, whose large format gives the illustrator Richard Johnson plenty of space to display his talents. My daughter not only loves listening to the stories over and over again but pores over every picture, finding new details every time. My only regret is that there are only eight stories in the book. We could have done with more. Perhaps Messrs Pirotta and Johnson could produce a sequel? We would certainly snap up a copy. If you're going to fork out for an Aesop, choose this one. You won't regret it.
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Format: Hardcover
Nice book with attractive illustrations for kids but I was hoping for more than 8 fables. As a child I remembered The Wind and The Sun and also The Boy Who Cried Wolf but these don't feature here.
For info this book includes the following fables: The Cat's Bell; The Lion and the Mouse; The Wolf and the Dog; The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs; The Fox and the Stork; The Tortoise and the Hare; The Frogs that Wanted a King; and, The Jay and the Peacocks
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wonderfully illustrated - a brilliant gift for young children. Great stories too. very pleased with the purchase. good condition. great gift
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