The Fox and the Grapes, The Goose Who Laid the Golden Eggs, The Boy Who Cried Wolf--these and the rest of the brief allegorical tales known for over 2500 years as Aesop's Fables are not just simple children's stories, but a vital part of our culture. The reason is obvious to any casual reader--the frailties and vanities embodied by the animal and human protagonists of the Fables still offer an accurate portrait of society, and the pithy truth of each fable's moral serves not only as a dramatic punctuation mark, but also as a timely reminder of the immutability of human nature. This elegantly designed edition, containing 182 of the original tales reworked into modern English, is enhanced with 65 evocative black and white engravings by John Tenniel, who also created the original illustrations for Alice in Wonderland.
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The gods help them that help themselves . . . We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified . . . Appearances are deceptive . . . These and many other familiar proverbs—in fact, many of the moral values that form the foundation of our daily lives—were expressed in tales from ancient Greece, credited to Aesop, the legendary storyteller.
This volume, edited by the celebrated English folklorist Joseph Jacobs, contains a rich selection of these time-honored tales, among them "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse," "The Fox and the Crow," "The Lion and the Mouse," "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing," "The Goose with the Golden Eggs," "The Old Man and Death," "Belling the Cat," "The Hare and the Tortoise," and dozens more.
Retold with wit and sparkle in simple, direct language, these short, clever stories offer young readers wonderful lessons in right and wrong, and many valuable insights into life, both its joys and perils. Over 170 classic illustrations by Richard Heighway bring the stories vividly to life for readers and listeners alike.
Aesop (620-560 BC) was a slave in ancient Greece who is known only for the genre of fables that are ascribed to him.
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Book Description Book-of-the-Month Club, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. John Tenniel (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0965231224
Book Description Book-of-the-Month Club, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110965231224