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Fables (1694)

by Jean de La Fontaine

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It was interesting to see how La Fontaine's fables evolved throughout his life. I think the ones in the middle were my favorites. The ones at the beginning were very simple, and the ones at the end were too complex. I did like reading them in verse better than Aesop's prose. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
A French adaptation of Aesop plus folk tales. Quite charming. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
Clever and fun to read. Great for French beginners. ( )
  Audacity88 | Feb 7, 2014 |
Set text for anyone, not only in France, not only in Europe. Universally.
  hbergander | Dec 12, 2011 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jean de La Fontaineprimary authorall editionscalculated
Lóránt Zsuzsamain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Alonnier, DécembreEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brown, Margaret WiseIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chagall, MarcIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Desandré, J.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doré, GustaveIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freeman, W.-H.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, MarianneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mora, ElsaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nomsz, JohannesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Trnka, JiriIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vinkeles, ReinierIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Grillchen, das den Sommer lang
zirpt' und sang,
litt, da nun der Winter droht,,
harte Zeit und bittre Not:
nicht das kleinste Würmchen nur,
und von Fliegen keine Spur!
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Dans un chemin montant, sablonneux, malaisé
/Et de tous les côtés au soleil exposé,/
Six forts chevaux tiraient un coche.
(Le coche et la mouche)
Un lièvre en son gîte songeait./
(Car que faire en un gîte à moins que l'on ne songe?)
(Le lièvre et les grenouilles)
Un Savetier chantait du matin jusqu'au soir :/
C'était merveilles de le voir,/
Merveilles de l'ouïr ; il faisait des passages,/
Plus content qu'aucun des sept sages./
Son voisin au contraire, étant tout cousu d'or,/
Chantait peu, dormait moins encor./
C'était un homme de finance./
Si sur le point du jour parfois il sommeillait,/
Le Savetier alors en chantant l'éveillait,/
Et le Financier se plaignait,/
Que les soins de la Providence/
N'eussent pas au marché fait vendre le dormir,/
Comme le manger et le boire.
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This book is "Fables" or "The Fables" written by the French author Jean de La Fontaine. These are not the same as Aesop's Fables. Do not combine Aesop's Fables with La Fontaine's Fables.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375413340, Hardcover)

Second only to Aesop, Jean de la Fontaine was the author of comic and delightful fables that are as alive today as when they first appeared in the 18th century. Based on tales both famous and obscure by an array of classical writers, La Fontaine’s fables offer vivid perspectives on such elemental subjects as greed and flattery, envy and avarice, love and friendship, old age and death. The 60 collected here–from “The Crow and the Fox” and “The Cock and the Pearl” to “The Grasshopper and the Ant” and “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse”–are illustrated with more than 100 charming drawings that capture La Fontaine’s unforgettable cast of animal personalities.

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Contains sixty fables by seventeenth-century French poet, Jean de La Fontaine including "The Grasshopper and the Ant," "The Two Mules," and "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse."

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