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Fables by Arnold Lobel

Fables (original 1980; edition 1983)

by Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)

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Authors:Arnold Lobel
Other authors:Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (1983), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 48 pages
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Tags:grade 3-6 Easy

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Fables by Arnold Lobel (1980)



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I really enjoyed reading this book for many different reasons. I liked this book because inside of this book it has page after page of fables. Each page is a new fable. I liked this because a reader does not know what the next fable is going to be about. One of the fables I read was called, “The Baboon’s Umbrella.” I liked this fable because on the bottom of the page after the fable, the author wrote the moral of the fable. In this specific fable, “The Baboon’s Umbrella”, the author wrote, “Advice from friends is like the weather. Some of it is good; some of it is bad.” I liked this because it really pushed readers to think about what the fable was about and then connect it to the moral on the bottom on the page. I also liked the illustrations of this book because each illustration represented the fable. The illustrations were also drawn using a lot of detail and color. This added to each specific fable. This was a Modern Fantasy book because the author included logical plots, however the stories had never happened in real life. The themes throughout each fable also reflect what it means to be human. Readers can relate each of these fables morals back to their own lives and that makes this book relate to children.
  katiebanaszak | Nov 3, 2015 |
33 months - O has insisted on reading this cover to cover even though they are short stories/fables. I'd actually like to own this book. There are some great morals in these stories that would be good to read as she gets older. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
More lessons a la' Aesop - but some are also quite funny. Some aren't advice I would take - but then again the moral of one is "Advice from friends is like the weather. Some of it is good; some of it is bad." If you've ever felt as if you want to be friends with Frog and Toad and their creator, read this book. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
I'm a big fan of short stories with aspects of wonder and magic, so I found this book to be a great read with great variety. For each of the twenty fables, the author's text occupies one page and beautiful illustration on the facing page. The author is also mindful to give a moral to each story. While the moral is genuine and hits home for many readers, the tone of the fables is cheerful and playful rather than moralistic. This aspect of the stories illuminates the minds of young readers especially while also incorporating important life lessons they should take into consideration as well. ( )
  ajohns75 | Mar 26, 2015 |
Fables by Arnold Lobel

Summary: Fables is a collection of very short stories that all have a moral at the end to teach children a good lesson to learn. There is one about two ducks who follow the same path every day and meet a mean fox, which advises a change of paths can sometimes be a good thing. There is another about a crocodile who will not leave his bedroom because the wallpaper’s orderliness (the flowers being in a straight line with perfect order) comforts him, and the outside garden is too much of a mess, that advises that too much order is not always a good thing.

Personal Reaction: I found this to be a fun read. The short stories allow you to be able to read to a child with a very short attention span, and can maybe even help them learn a lesson. The pictures go along with the stories, most do not add anything new, but are still fun to look at.

Extension Ideas:
1. Discuss the morals with the children after reading the stories. Try to see if they can think of any examples where that lesson might be a good one to learn, or tell them some yourself.
2. Take ideas from the different stories and make crafts, like jewels for the King Lion, or flowers for the crocodile.
  yelhsajoh | Feb 11, 2015 |
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A crocodile became increasingly fond of the wallpaper in his bedroom.
I have made my decision...I have never seen the ocean, and it is high time that I did. Nothing can make me change my mind.
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'Short, original fables with fresh, unexpected morals poke subtle fun at human foibles through the antics of animals. . . . The droll illustrations, with tones blended to luminescent shading, are complete and humorous themselves.' -- Association of Library Service to Children, ALA.

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Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich.

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