Aesop's Fables on Stage: A Collection of Children's Plays
. JemBooks . Cork, Ireland
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Here is a paperback book printed a week before I ordered it. After eleven "drama games" not related to fables, the book offers eighteen plays based on Aesopic fables. In GA on 17, the grasshopper is listening to music on his iPod. The grasshopper in winter goes to various animals who refuse to feed him. The bears, for example, are angry that he wakes them up. The ants give him food but make him promise that next year he will work hard in the summer. The moral: "Fail to prepare? Prepare to fail!" In TH (20), after several animals quip that the tortoise could not beat the hare, the eagle suggests a race. After a great first half of the race, the hare decides to take a nap. In BW (24), one of the sheep makes the first suggestion that the boy shepherd pretend that there a wolf is attacking the sheep. The next time, the sheep do not know that it is a trick. They challenge the boy afterwards: "You frightened us." A reader needs to be pleased with the creativity that goes into this book. It may be the only book I have seen in a while which takes a special page to say "The End" (70).