The Fox and the Grapes
. Cantata Learning . North Mankato, MN
CL 2 .
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Music by Dean Jones. With a CD containing the story and song, just the song, and just the instrumental background. The lyrics and music are also printed at the end of the book. Readers are invited by the disc to sing along. Rhyming quatrains -- heavy on "fox" and "socks" -- work through the fable. This landscape book will appeal to young readers for the simple, direct art. Multiple attempts by the fox yield nothing. The music in this recording works with an echo effect, where the backup group echoes the words of the lead singer. The story moralizes that it is easy to hate what we cannot have.