Aesop's Fables: Fun Stories, Great Lessons!
. Blue Manor Education . Columbia, SC
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Here is a square paperback 8½" on a side containing twenty fables, as the beginning T of C makes clear. The front cover features a dramatic head-shot of an elephant with a blue eye, while the back cover features many animals and a few humans in cartoon form. Most fables here are two or three pages long. Texts generally receive one page, and each story receives a full-page colored illustration. Perhaps most dramatic of these shows the elephant from the cover about to step on a rat who has been propounding that there is really no difference between the elephant and him (19). The final illustration is also strong: a colorful kestrel woos a female eagle but holds only a tiny mouse in his claw. The narratives are creative. The turtle expands the length of the short race suggested by the hare. The mouse loosens a cherry that falls on the lion's nose, just as the branch pokes him in the eye and the mouse lands on the lion's head. The fox at first asks for a bite of the cheese. The ram does not even notice the crow who is trying to lift him aloft. Not a shepherd but a guard sheep gets bored and cries "Wolf!" The grasshopper curls up in the snow and dies inches away from the ant's home, where the ant is feasting. A cook who rescues the cat from the fire then beats her for stealing the chestnuts, while the monkey is curled up sleeping. "The Vulture's Meal" (40) is new to me. The vulture notices the limping giraffe and squawks "Injured giraffe." A bear comes and a big fight ensues. The bear prevails and kills the giraffe, though the bear has been seriously wounded. "Injured bear!" The lion comes and a big fight ensues. The lion prevails but has been seriously wounded. The vulture enjoys the giraffe for breakfast, the bear for lunch, and the lion for dinner. Printed on demand in February, 2019.