Aesop's Fables Coloring Book
. Pomegranate Communications, Inc. . Portland, OR
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Here is a soft-cover book with staple binding offering 21 images to color on 48 pages. The images are preparatory drawings for the watercolor paintings Santore did for his Aesop's Fables, published by Sterling Children's Books in 2010. Morals for the 21 drawings are listed at the beginning and under each appropriate drawing. The inside covers present the paintings themselves, including the cover's dramatic picture of the owl and grasshopper -- perhaps just before the owl takes care of this nuisance by eating him! The comparison of the early drawing with the final product is intriguing. If nothing else, these drawings show where the artist is deciding to put his focus. Nicely done!