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Aesop's fables
Uniform Title:
Aesop's fables. English.
A Classic illustrated edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1990.
Physical Description:
95 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Aesop and his illustrators. -- The fables: The hare and the tortoise -- The frog and the ox -- The wolf and the crane -- The mice in council -- The lion in love -- The peacock's complaint -- The cock and the fox -- The bear and the bees -- The vain jackdaw -- The wind and the sun -- The trees and the axe -- The lion and other beasts -- The man and his two wives -- The town mouse and the country mouse -- The fox and the stork -- The lion and the mouse -- The old woman and her maids -- The ass and the little dog -- The two playmates -- The cat, the cock and the young mouse -- The wolf and the ass -- The ants and the grasshopper -- Venus and the cat -- The mountain in labour -- The fox and the lion -- The cat and the cock -- The bear and the fox -- The dog in the manger -- The young man and the fickle woman -- The fox and the crow -- The man, his son and the ass -- The wolf and the goat -- The piping fisherman -- The boys and the frogs -- The fox and the grapes -- The ass in the lion's skin -- The dog and his shadow -- The fox and the mask -- The eagle and the arrow -- The cock and the jewel -- The frogs desiring a king -- The goose that laid the golden eggs -- The monkey and the dolphin -- The travellers and the bear -- The thieves and the cock -- The astronomer -- The ass and his driver -- The rose and the butterfly -- The boy who cried wolf -- The kite, the hawk and the pigeons -- The hares, the foxes and the eagles -- The lion and the gnat -- The leopard and the fox.
A selection of Aesop's parables--some universally recognizable, others refreshingly unfamiliar--is complemented by illustrations taken from a variety of antique editions of the fables. Among the artists represented in this volume are Arthur Rackham, Thomas Bewick, Walter Crane, Charles Robinson, and Randolph Caldecott. Includes fully captioned illustrations, a complete bibliography of sources, and a set of biographical notes on the artists.


Call Number
398.2 AESOP
J 398.2 Aesop 1990

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The Hare and the Tortoise. The Lion and the Mouse. The Boy Who Cried Wolf. The Jackdaw and the Borrowed Plumage. For generations, these titles and scores of others have been synonymous with the best in the timeless literature of childhood. Although he was probably as mythical as the tales attributed to him, the legendary name of Aesop has been associated for thousands of years with an enduringly popular collection of enchanting fables. In the lavish tradition of Chronicle Books' classicillustrated edition of A Child's Garden of Verses, this delightful selection of Aesop's parables--some of them universally recognizable, others refreshingly unfamiliar--is magnificently complemented by illustrations taken from a variety of antique editions. Among the artists represented in this superbly designed and beautifully reproduced new volume are Arthur Rackham, Thomas Bewick, Walter Crane, Charles Robinson, and Randolph Caldecott. Fully captioned illustrations, a complete bibliography of sources, and a set of biographical notes on the artists make this stunning compendium an ideal gift for any child as well as a valutable companion for collectors of fine illustrated books.

Author Notes

Though many modern scholars dispute his existence, Aesop's life was chronicled by first century Greek historians who wrote that Aesop, or Aethiop, was born into Greek slavery in 620 B.C. Freed because of his wit and wisdom, Aesop supposedly traveled throughout Greece and was employed at various times by the governments of Athens and Corinth.

Some of Aesop's most recognized fables are The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Grapes, and The Ant and the Grasshopper. His simple but effective morals are widely used and illustrated for children. (Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3 Up-- No other collection of fables so clearly demonstrates the range of artists who have illustrated Aesop than this one. More than 50 fables are each accompanied by at least one illustration from nearly 30 works from Charles Henry Bennett's 1857 version to Edward Bawden's in 1970. The excellent introduction sums up Aesop's importance in literature, and discusses the gradual shift in the intended audience over the years, from adults to children and back to adults. Well-loved fables are included, but many of these will not be as familiar: ``The Mountain in Labour,'' ``The Rose and the Butterfly,'' and ``The Ass and His Driver.'' Crisp, to-the-point tellings never detract from the main focus--the fantastic array of classic illustrations, reproduced from original editions in museums and private collections. There is a wide assortment of illustrational styles, and the list of artists reads like a ``Who's Who'' of 19th and early 20th century art: Edwin Noble, Arthur Rackham, Alexander Calder, Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, Milo Winter, Jack Orr, and Sophia Rosamund Praeger. The collection bears a decidedly British stamp, and young children may not respond to the remote quality of the illustrations. Nevertheless, it's a wonderful opportunity for older children and adults to compare and contrast artists' perspectives. A must for larger folklore collections, as the book will be of special interest to researchers. --Denise Anton Wright, Library Book Selection Service, Inc., Bloomington, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

A collection of Aesop's fables, reminiscent of the Caldecott tellings, is illustrated with forty color and twenty black-and-white illustrations culled from editions published over the last 150 years. The introduction gives the history of Aesop and his illustrators, and the comparison of illustrators' styles is interesting. From HORN BOOK 1990, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Twenty-nine of Aesop's many fine illustrators are represented by the 60 reproductions here, including 17 by Rackham and more modest contributions from artists ranging from Caldecott, Crane, and Lucy Fitch Perkins (of twin-book fame) to Alexander Calder. A brief introduction catalogues the fables' history as a subject for illustration--apparently what is referred to on the jacket as ""introductory notes on the artists"" (a misleading exaggeration). The pungently concise text is uncredited, but is an acceptable alternative to the embroideries fashionable in recent versions. A notably handsome edition, especially useful for its well-chosen sampling of art, with handy access through an illustrators' index. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.