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Aesop's Fables by Aesop

Aesop's Fables

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    The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights Giftset by Robert Irwin (TineOliver)
    TineOliver: Any selection (or the complete set) of the tales from the Arabian Nights would be a good complement to Aesop's fables. Although the tales from the nights are much longer and more detailed, they also contain moralistic stories, however these are based on Arabic traditions.… (more)
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    Pushkin's fairy tales by A.S. Pushkin (Voracious_Reader)
    Voracious_Reader: Allegory and fables.
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    On the shortness of life by Seneca (BeeQuiet)
    BeeQuiet: Though unsuitable for youngsters due to its basis in letter form as opposed to short fables, this is good for people wanting a different outlook on life. It can encourage tolerance to your own misfortune and an appreciation of other's.

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A collection of the greatest stories with a moral attribute ever. Attributed by Aristotle as the best. Transformed into verse by Socrates, these stories captured the imagination of the greatest thinkers in human history, and continue to do so today. No child stands to be harmed by learning these tales, in fact, and argument could be made for the opposite effect. The most highly recommended literature for children by indisputable sources. ( )
  Davis22 | May 29, 2016 |
This is a collection of fables that have been attributed to Aesop.

What is there to say about Aesop's Fables? We all grew up with them, but I found it interesting to read them all in one place. Several of them were new to me. I will admit, though, that it was difficult to read more than a few in one sitting. I recommend that everyone reads them all at least once in their lifetime. ( )
  aharey | Mar 30, 2016 |
Brilliant stuff, but some of the morals seem to contradict others. For example, The Ant And The Grasshopper teaches one to always prepare for the future, whereas The Frogs Desiring A King has the moral "Let well enough alone!" I think most adults can see the nuances differentiating those two stories, but a child might not be able to. And while some stories speak of the importance of teamwork, some exalt individual toughness and refusal to play along with others. So why do I still give this 4 stars? Because of life's pesky gray areas, of course. ( )
  YESterNOw | Jan 24, 2016 |
A little at at time is the best way to take these. I read them at work when I needed a break and enjoyed them. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
Aesop’s Fables
Aesop was thought to be slave who lived in Ancient Greece around 620BC. Historical accounts of Aesop suggest that he was owned by two masters, the latter who gave him is liberty as a reward for his learning and wit. Stories about Aesop are conflicting and some suggest that he was invented in order to provide and author for a collection of fables. Aesop’s fables are a collection of short stories used to illustrate particular moral lessons. The stories feature animals and plants as subjects but illustrate human traits and characteristics.

I enjoyed reading these fables. My edition had hundreds of fables and was about 200 pages. Some fables were 1-2 sentences, others a few paragraphs, and others a few pages. It was definitely interesting to see concepts of morality from long ago. There were a lot of stories about revenge and punishment for lots of offenses deemed immoral was death. Greed was a central theme. I also noticed a lot of contradictions in these stories. Some animals were rewarded for altruistic behavior whereas others were punished for similar behavior b/c it reflected naiveté. I would think children would be confused reading all the contrasting stories.

It’s a hard book to review so instead, I’ll provide you with some quotes, and in some cases whole fables:

“If words suffice not, blows must follow.”

“those who seek to please everybody please nobody.”

“A Shepherd once found the whelp of a Wolf and brought it up, and after a while taught it to steal lambs from the neighboring flocks. The Wolf, having shown himself an apt pupil, said to the shepherd, “Since you have taught me to steal, you must keep a sharp lookout, or you will lose some of your own flock.”

“A crab said to her son, “Why do you walk so one-sided my child? It is far more becoming to go straight forward.” The young Crab replied, “quite true, dear Mother; and if you will show me the straight way, I will promise to walk in it.” The Mother tried in vain, and submitted without remonstrance to the reproof of her child. Example is more powerful than precept.”

“our mere anticipations of life outrun it’s realities.”

“those who assume a character which does not belong to them, only make themselves ridiculous.”

“In a change of government the poor change nothing beyond the name of their master.”

“Every Man according to an ancient legend, is born into the world with two bags suspended from his neck, a small back in front full of his neighbors’ faults, and a large bag behind filled with his own faults. Hence it is that men are quick to see the faults of others, and yet are often blind to their own failings.”
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  JenPrim | Jan 15, 2016 |
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Aesopprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ashliman, D. L.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chesterton, G. K.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Detmold, Edward JuliusIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Handford, S. A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holder, HediIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holzberg, NiklasEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
James, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kredel, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Phaedrussecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Plummer, W. KirtmanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rackham, ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robb, BrianIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Singer, Isaac BashevisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Temple, OliviaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Temple, RobertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tenniel, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tinkelman, MurrayIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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So the tales were told age before Aesop;  and asses under lions' manes roared in Hebrew;  and sly foes flattered in Etruscan; and wolves in sheep;s clothing gnashed their teeth in Sanskrit, no doubt. - Thackeray, The Newcomes
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A half-starved fox, who saw in the hollow of an oak tree some bread and meat left there by shepherds, crept in and ate it.
A WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf's right to eat him.
A cock was once strutting up and down the farmyard among the hens when suddenly he espied something shining amid the straw. - 1966 Schocken edition.
A hungry fox saw some fine bunches of grapes hanging from a vine that was trained along a high trellis and did his best to reach them by jumping as high as he could into the air.
Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
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Please note that this entry should be reserved for complete and unabridged collections of Aesop's fables only. (Please see Book Description for details!). Don't combine with retellings or volumes containing selected fables only!
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Contains: The dog in the manger --
The wolf in sheep's clothing --
Mercury and the woodman --
The fox and the crow --
The gardener and his dog --
The angler and the little fish --
The fawn and her mother --
The milkmaid and her pail --
The ant and the grasshopper --
The mice in council --
The gnat and the bull --
The fox and the goat --
The ass carrying salt --
The fox and the grapes --
The hare with many friends --
The hare and the hound --
The house dog and the wolf --
The goose with the golden eggs --
The fox and the hedgehog --
The house and the stag --
The lion and the bulls --
The goatherd and the goats --
The hare and the tortoise --
Androcles and the lion --
The ant and the dove --
The one-eyed doe --
The ass and his masters --
The lion and the dolphin --
The ass's shadow --
The ass eating thistles --
The hawk and the pigeons --
The belly and the other members --
The frogs desiring a king --
The hen and the fox --
The cat and the mice --
The miller, his son, and their donkey --
The ass, the cock, and the lion --
The lion and the goat --
The fox and the lion --
The crow and the pitcher --
The boasting traveler --
The eagle, the wildcat, and the sow --
The ass and the grasshopper --
The heifer and the ox --
The fox and the stork --
The farmer and the nightingale --
The ass and the lap dog --
The cock and the jewel --
Jupiter and the bee --
The horse and the grom --
The mischievous dog --
The blind man and the whelp --
The hares and the frogs --
The cock and the fox --
The eagle and the fox --
The horse and the laden ass --
The miser --
The kid and the wolf --
The porcupine and the snakes --
The falconer and the partridge --
The creaking wheels --
Jupiter, Neptune, Niverva, and Nomus --
The lion in love --
The fox without a tail --
The Arab and the camel --
The raven and the swan --
Hercules and the wagoner --
The man and the satyr --
The lark and her young ones --
The boy and the filberts --
The lion, the ass, and the fox --
The frog and the ox --
The lion, the bear, and the fox --
The cat and the fox --
The monkey and the camel --
The ass in the lion's skin --
The hawk and the farmer --
The lioness --
Mercury and the sculptor --
The farmer and his sons --
The bundle of sticks --
The eagle and the crow --
The stag at the pool --
The wolf and the lamb --
The bull and the goat --
The wind and the sun --
The shepherd boy and the wolf --
The hen and the cat --
The wolf and the goat --
The farthing rushlight --
The lion and the mouse --
The boy and the nettle --
The thief and his mother --
The eagle and the beetle --
The two pots --
The young man and the swallow --
The wolf and the crane --
The country mouse and the town mouse --
The farmer and the stork --
The man and the lion --
The lion and his three counselors --
The stag in the ox stall --
The fox and the woodman --
The lion and other beasts go hunting --
The sick lion --
The mule --
The nurse and the wolf --
The travelers and the bear --
The father and his two daughters --
The tortoise and the eagle --
The dog invited to supper --
The mountebank and the farmer --
The dog and the shadow --
The old man and death --
The mouse and the frog --
The oak and the reed --
The swallow's advice --
The old woman and the physician --
The eagle and the arrow --
The thief and the boy --
The fir tree and the bramble --
The vain crow --
The two crabs --
The mountain in labor --
The fisherman piping --
The man and his two wives --
The old woman and her maids --
The monkey and the dolphin --
The wild boar and the fox --
The trees and the ax --
The mouse and the weasel --
The lion and the ass go hunting --
The fox and the bramble --
The two frogs --
The travelers and the hatchet --
The horse and the lion --
The fighting cocks and the eagle --
The birds, the beasts, and the bat --
The farmer and the snake --
The thief and the dog --
The trumpeter taken prisoner --
The three tradesmen --
The shepherd and the sea --
The farmer and his dogs --
The quack frog --
The bald knight --
The ass and his driver --
Venus and the cat --
The wolf and the shepherds --
The hedge and the vineyard --
The widow and the hen --
The stag and the vine --
The boy bathing --
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159308062X, Paperback)

Aesop's Fables, by Aesop, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.
As legend has it, the storyteller Aesop was a slave who lived in ancient Greece during the sixth century B.C. His memorable, recountable fables have brought amusing characters to life and driven home thought-provoking morals for generations of listeners and modern-day readers. Translated into countless languages and familiar to people around the world, Aesop’s fables never tarnish despite being told again and again.

This collection presents nearly 300 of Aesop’s most entertaining and enduring stories—from “The Hare and the Tortoise” and “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse” to “The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs” and “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” Populated by a colorful array of animal characters who personify every imaginable human type—from fiddling grasshoppers and diligent ants to sly foxes, wicked wolves, brave mice, and grateful lions—these timeless tales are as fresh and relevant today as when they were first created.

Full of humor, insight, and wit, the tales in Aesop’s Fables champion the value of hard work and perseverance, compassion for others, and honesty. They are age-old wisdom in a delicious form, for the consumption of adults and children alike.

D. L. Ashliman is emeritus professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He taught folklore, mythology, German, and comparative literature at that institution for thirty-one years. He has also served as guest professor at the University of Augsburg in Germany.

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The story goes that a sow who had delivered a whole litter of piglets loudly accosted a lioness. "How many children do you breed?" asked the sow. "I breed only one," said the lioness, "but he is very well bred!"' The fables of Aesop have become one of the most enduring traditions of European culture, ever since they were first written down nearly two millennia ago. Aesop was reputedly a tongue-tied slave who miraculously received the power of speech; from his legendary storytelling came the collections of prose and verse fables scattered throughout Greek and Roman literature. First published in English by Caxton in 1484, the fables and their morals continue to charm modern readers: who does not know the stories of the tortoise and the hare, and the boy who cried wolf? This new translation is the first to represent all the main fable collections in ancient Latin and Greek, arranged according to the fables' contents and themes. It includes 600 fables, many of which come from sources never before translated into English.… (more)

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