Aesop's Opposites: Interactive Aesop Fables
. Teaching and Learning Company . Carthage, IL
PE1591.E64 2004 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book for pupils in the first through third grades works off a good insight that fables often present opposed pairs. Thus the twenty-one fables here generally contrast pairs. The first three offerings are The Lion and the Mouse--An In and Out Story; The Tortoise and the Hare--A Stop and Go Story; and The Wind and the Sun--A Happy and Sad Story. Sometimes this pedagogical approach is perhaps grafted onto the story's own intent, as in the first story. It uses out and in fourteen and fifteen times, respectively. At other points, this contrasting approach is right on target for understanding the story. In the few cases where contrasts are not at hand, Enderle creates other kinds of exercises, like creating short words to fill in the blanks of DS (14). AL cleverly uses four numbers as substitutes for words: 1, 2, 4, and 8. There are answer pages at the back. The materials in this 8½ x 11 booklet are meant to be reproduced by teachers for pupils' use. The author promises that no stories will have the kids giggling as much [as] the collection I've written for you here (iv). This is not only an enjoyable and fruitful approach to the fables, but I got a real bargain on this book, since I paid ten per cent of its normal cost!