Aesop's Fables: Imitation in Writing Series, Book 1
. Logos School Materials . Moscow, Idaho
PE1066.W45 2000 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is an 8½ x 11 spiral-bound book of fifty pages. It presents a collection of forty reproducible fables, each with key word outline sentence prompts and space for word definitions. It is, as the inside front-cover proclaims, book one in a growing series of Imitation in Writing materials designed to teach aspiring writers the art and discipline of crafting delightful prose and poetry. What a good idea! (Others in the series include fairy tales, Greek myths, Greek heroes, and The Grammar of Poetry.) Though there are no interior illustrations, there is a fine image on the cover of two men in Elizabethan garb, both with slate and chalk and apparently copying from each other and/or arguing. The author lays out a thirteen-step method to follow in getting students to imitate good writing (5-6). The texts used are traditional and sound somewhat archaic. To my surprise, the two I have been able to track down (The Gnat and the Lion and The Two Frogs) come from Frederick Burr Opper in 1917.