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Aesop's Fables by Gaynor Chapman
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Aesop's Fables

by Gaynor Chapman

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A collection of sixteen classic fables from Aesop, retold in a contemporary style, described on the dust-jacket as "simple, modern English," and accompanied by Gaynor Chapman's bright illustrations. Each fable is given a two-page spread of its own, and concludes with the obligatory moral lesson. Although none of the fables are named, the reader will recognize:

The Fox and the Crow, in which a clever fox plays to the crow's vanity, and tricks her into releasing a tempting morsel of meat...

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, in which a humble country mouse learns that fancy food cannot compensate for a life of fear...

The Ship in a Storm, which teaches that life brings a mixture of blessings and trials...

The Monkey and the Camel, in which a camel makes herself look ridiculous by attempting to dance as the monkey does...

The Monkey and the Dolphin, in which a monkey is rescued from a shipwreck by a dolphin who mistakes him for a man, only to lose his savior through his boasting...

The Farmer and His Sons, in which a wise old farmer, lying on his deathbed, informs his three sons that there is treasure buried in their vineyard, thereby assuring their hard work...

The Tortoise and the Hare, the almost ubiquitous tale in which the slow tortoise defeats his speedy rival in a race...

The Sheep and the Pig, in which the sheep cannot understand a pig's terror, at being taken away by the shepherd...

The Lion and the Mouse, in which a lion learns that kindness is never wasted, when the tiny mouse he once spared repays him by saving him from a trap...

The Ass and the Load of Salt, in which an ass brings a terrible fate down upon himself, when he attempts to avoid his work...

The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle, in which a victorious cock is carried off by an eagle, and has little time to enjoy his barnyard triumph...

The Hares and the Frogs, in which a group of hares realize, after frightening some frogs, that things could always be worse...

The Crab and Its Mother, in which a mother crab attempts to teach her son to walk in a way she herself cannot...

The Mice and the Weasels, in which some rodents (here they are rats) name generals in their war against the weasels, only to discover that their leaders make better targets...

Two Travelers and a Bear, in which two friends encounter a bear, but only one makes it into the tree...

And finally, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, in which a naughty shepherd boy learns the hard way that spreading false alarms doesn't pay... ( )
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Sixteen fables from Aesop are presented in this picture-book edition from Gaynor Chapman.
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