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I bought it!
Aesop’s celebrated collection of fables has always been popular with both adults and children. These simple tales embody truths so powerful, the titles of the individual fables – the fox and the grapes, the dog in the manger, the wolf in sheep’s clothing and many others – have entered the languages and idioms of most European tongues.
I’ve always known about Aesop’s Fables. I remember my teacher reading some to the class when I was younger.
I think Aesop’s Fables do carry some important moral lessons, but I think the morals are quite often repeated, I found myself getting a bit bored after a while. Some of the morals are important though, and I think still as timeless today as they were when they were first published. In the particular edition I read, there are some lovely illustrations. I think they’d definitely be more appealing in colour, which I’m sure you probably can get. In the edition I had, the morals weren’t always explained. I think it’s important that they are explained as some of them are quite obscure for children.
Whilst my re-reading of Aesop’s Fables was interesting to look at from an adult’s point of view, I didn’t find them as interesting as I’d hoped I would. They were good, and certainly many of them raised a smile, but I just wish they were presented in a better way for young children to enjoy.
Please check out Beth’s review on her blog!
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Reading next for Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit (February):
Through The Looking Glass- Lewis Carroll