Aesop's Fables (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) Paperback – May 2, 1994
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Dover Children's Thrift Classics
This affordable series features dozens of classic stories and poems for children ages 8 and up. Most feature the complete text but some have been adapted for young readers
Beloved tales include:
"The Fox and the Grapes"
"The Ant and the Grasshopper"
"The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse"
"The Crow and the Pitcher"
"The Fox and the Stork," more.
- 35 illustrations
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1. This book contains only 92 of Aesop's fables. Most other editions have more than 200.
2. Each fable takes up less than a page. About half of them are one paragraph.
3. These are not "translated from Greek" but from public editions that have been paraphrased and in many cases, paraphrased badly.
4. There are only 83 pages not 96. It's a very small, very short book.
5. No dialogue. I have an edition from my youth that has dialogue. Much more fun for kids.
6. Few illustrations. Only about a dozen of the fables have an illustration. The rest are just crammed on the pages together, sometimes three to a page. :(
Because Aesop lived centuries ago and his work is not copyright-protected you will find many really bad copies of Aesop's Fables on Amazon. I thought I'd be safe going with a large publisher, but this was a huge disappointment.
I bought this for my daughter who is 3. She's a bit young to understand the moral lesson of the fables, however this is a nice book to have in a child's library. I have been enjoying reading the fables which I hadn't read since I was a child, as now I am better able to appreciate the morals.
SUGGESTIONS: For the perfect children's literature additions, find a used copy of Udo Weigelt's "The Sandman" (it is sadly out of print), and also get Mary Engelbreit's "Mother Goose". Both of those books are just lovely, absolute musts!
For parents who would like to convert the disc to MP3 files and add the story/track information here is a list of are all the stories on the CD. If you use J. River Media Center the track information has also been uploaded to their servers so it should automatically add it when you rip/convert the CD to MP3 files.
Aesop's Fables for Children CD Tracklist
Track 1: Introduction
Track 2: The Wolf And The Kid
Track 3: The Frog And The Ox
Track 4: The Dog, The Cock And The Fox
Track 5: Belling The Cat
Track 6: Hercules And The Wagoner
Track 7: The Town Mouse And The Country Mouse
Track 8: The Fox And The Grapes
Track 9: The Bundle Of Sticks
Track 10: The Lion And The Mouse
Track 11: The Shepherd Boy And The Wolf
Track 12: The Farmer And The Stork
Track 13: The Travelers And The Purse
Track 14: The Owl And The Grasshopper
Track 15: The Oak And The Reeds
Track 16: The Rat And The Elephant
Track 17: The Crow And The Pitcher
Track 18: The Ants And The Grasshopper
Track 19: The Ass And The Load Of Salt
Track 20: The Ass, The Fox, And The Lion
Track 21: The Fox And The Stork
Track 22: The Wolf And The Lean Dog
Track 23: The Lion And The Ass
Track 24: The Monkey And The Dolphin
Track 25: The Rabbit, The Weasel, And The Cat
Track 26: The Heron
Track 27: The Cock And The Fox
Track 28: The Fox And The Goat
Track 29: The Cat, The Cock, And The Young Mouse
Track 30: The Goose And The Golden Egg
Track 31: The Mouse And The Weasel
Track 32: The Goatherd And The Wild Goats
Track 33: Mercury And The Woodman
Track 34: The Serpent And The Eagle
Track 35: The Wolf In Sheep's Clothing
Track 36: The Dog And His Reflection
Track 37: The Hare And The Tortoise
Track 38: The Fox And The Crow]
Track 39: The Ant And The Dove
Track 40: The Wolf, The Kid, And The Goat
Track 41: The Lion's Share
Track 42: The North Wind And The Sun
J. River Media Center: [...]
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This edition was comprehensive and beautifully illustrated. However, I should have preferred UK rather than US English spelling -- probably unreasonable given that this was a reprint of a Dover Publications original.
The lengths of individual fables facilitate demands for "another story, please" without postponing bedtime too much.
I should say, the prose is wooden and parsed in some cases (eg: the dog and his reflection) to the point of being quite befuddling if you don't already know the story.
If you're happy reading this to your children and embellishing the stories yourself from memory it's a great buy for the pictures, which are charming and full of details, otherwise try another edition.