The Fox and the Grapes: A Retelling of Aesop's Fable
. Picture Window Books . Minneapolis, MN
RIR 17 .
PZ8.2.W544 Fx 2004 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is my first acquisition of a book from a series I have noticed in the past two years. The books are usually quite expensive! This book is on the Yellow Level, second from the top in the series' arrangement. That is, the yellow level presents more challenging ideas, a broad vocabulary, and wide variety in sentence structure (1). The grapes are identified as ripe from their entrance into the story. Instead of a moral, we get an explanation: The fox knew the grapes were tasty. It made him feel better to pretend they were sour, because he couldn't have them (24). The art is excellent. The pictures are lively. Among the best are those showing the fox after crashing from his first leap (14-15) and the fox trying to climb up the vines and clasping the post (16).