The Fabled Fifth Graders of Aesop Elementary School
. Schwartz and Wade Books: Random House . NY
PZ7.F59936 Fabl 2010 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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For a change of pace, I will quote here in its entirety Pamela Chambers' review on Examiner.com: 'The Fabled Fifth Graders of Aesop Elementary School' by Candace Fleming brings back the same wacky group of students and their even wackier, brilliant, well-traveled teacher, Mr. Jupiter, who were all introduced in The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School. Aesop and fables are not just words in the title. In this cleverly done sequel, Fleming creates chapters (fables) with their own morals a la Aesop. From the students' names (Stanford Binet: intelligent to the max; Calvin Tallywong: hates math; Rachel Piffle: only sounds are pfft; Bernadette Braggadocio: brags a lot, and so on) to the librarian's clever moniker: Paige Turner, the writing is exquisite, the vocabulary superb, and the humor taken to pleasantly ridiculous. Students will love it and adults will appreciate the more subtle laughs--but it's fun for all. Morals (of course) abound in this story, including: Things are never as bad as they seem.The true value of money is not in its possession, but in its use. Appearances can be deceiving. As with most short story collections, there is just enough description and just enough writing. What's important is included and those who have not read about these characters (and they are characters) in their fourth grade year will still be able to enjoy their final year at Aesop Elementary School. The dust-jacket identifies the proper age group as 7 to 11.