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Aesop's Fables

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  304 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
More than 200 classic tales by legendary storyteller Aesop have been translated into readable, modern American English, and illustrated with 50 woodcuts by famous 19th-century French artist J.J. Grandville.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published December 12th 1988 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Bridget Cabbiness
“Aesop’s Fables” illustrated by Charles Santore is a collection of fables intended for the primary age group, ranging from ages five to eight. This collection is the best of Aesop’s animal fables. The tales, in many cases put animals in human rolls and teach a lesson which is described at the end. All of the tales in this book have animal characters and I think that will draw younger readers to it. I like how at the end of each tale, the overall lesson, or concept is put at the bottom. This is g ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it liked it
I read the two - this one and the other very similar, but not at the plot level, old book from another old culture - Panchatantra, around the same time, give or take a few years, many decades ago. Both teach lessons of dealing with the world, how people play games, and so forth.

Every child should read them.

Especially those that need the skills to defend themselves socially, from those that would play various games to cheat or attack or worse. It might help, for some that can grow out of naivet
Katy Kissel
Apr 09, 2015 Katy Kissel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
This collection of folklore is intended for children ages 5-8. Each fable is a paragraph or two long with a moral written at the end of it. The moral is generally one to two sentences long, and all of the morals still make sense in today's world. Each fable is accompanied by an illustration, and the illustrations are bright and vibrant and go well with the fable they are illustrating. I believe that these fables would be very appealing to young readers because they are quick and fun to read. The ...more
Khaoi Mady
Aesop's Fables. Charles Santore (1995). Three stories with similar motif.

The Tortoise and the Hare – Fable – Trickster tale motif

It is the classic story told time and time again, the race between a fast and boastful hare and a slow and steady tortoise. The boastful hare challenges anybody to a race. A tortoise, feeling confident, accepts the challenge. The hare laughs off the tortoise as a challenge but agrees to the race anyways. As the race begins, the hare takes off quickly leaving the ploddi
Jan 09, 2013 Eric rated it really liked it
Some are quite humourous and most are familiar in one rendition or another. Many are even redundant, but the substitution of new animals and dialogue make them fun again. People often consider this a children's book, however, it is a lot more useful to adults; the moral lessons and implications on life are often deeper than we might perceive at first glance.
Mekenna Price
Sep 23, 2014 Mekenna Price rated it it was amazing
Aesop's fables have been told in many different stories and illustrated in many ways, but some would argue that this version collected by Charles Santore is one of the most impressive and most inspirational. The lessons are clearly stated at the end of each fable. Even the fables are easily understood. They are perfect for getting children to understand them. They are written in a dialogue that does not have difficult words to pronounce or words that a child might not understand. The story about ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, children
Charles Santore does a great job providing attention-grabbing artwork to go with these children's stories.

The short stories teach lessons about positive and negative character traits such as hypocrisy, kindness, conceit, contentment, and idleness. Each story ends with a moral. For example, The Wolf and the Crane ends with "In serving the wicked, expect no reward, and be thankful if you escape injury for your pains." The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse ends with "Better a little in safety, than
Chloe Davis
Jan 15, 2015 Chloe Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng-355
The art work in this book were really amazing. I enjoyed how the illustrated betrayed the fables. I like that under each story it tells you the moral of the story. That is very helpful because sometimes I could not catch the lesson myself. However, some of the moral I could not think of a way to apply that lesson to real life but there were that it was easy to think of real life situation. It definitely made me think. I feel that this would be great book to read to children. I think a lot of tim ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Teri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kohl's Cares is currently featuring books illustrated by Charles Santore. Beeeyootiful illustrations. I really liked the fables chosen and the way it is summed up with a moral to the story.
Jen Wehage-Barrera
FABLE - “The Wolf and the Crane” – from Aesop’s Fables
A bone gets stuck in a wolf’s throat from eating his prey too greedily. He offers a reward to a crane if she takes it out. She retrieves the bone and requests her compensation. The wolf nastily replies that she should consider herself lucky to have lived through the event. The fable has a valuable lesson to not expect a reward when serving the wicked. The illustrations in this book are highly detailed to emphasize the lessons in each very bri
Jan 15, 2015 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: folklore
This is a beautiful version of Aesop’s Fables. Charles Santore does a magnificent job of bringing the animals to life and capturing the essence of each fable. He truly does an excellent job of expressing the animals’ personalities and human characteristics. Although I do not like all of the fables, and feel that some of them are not promoting the best morals, the gorgeous illustrations make this book worthwhile every time. Even children too young to understand what is meant by “slow and steady w ...more
Scotlyn Carpenter
Jan 20, 2015 Scotlyn Carpenter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: folklore
I really enjoyed this book and the way it was set up because there were multiple fables in the story and they were all short so they didn't lose my attention. This is always good for kids who may not like reading because they tend to lose focus really quickly if they aren't interested in what they are reading so this book gives them the chance to read a lot of fables without taking a long time to get to the point. I also loved that they put the moral of the story at the end of each fable because ...more
Staci Browning
Jan 16, 2015 Staci Browning rated it it was amazing
This is a book that has timeless classics in it. Aesop's Fables is a collection of childrens stories that have been around for decades. While I enjoyed the stories very much, while reading this version I enjoyed this book purely for the art work. I really noticed the detail that went into all the pictures, and I appreciated the intricacy that the artists gave into their work. I also really enjoyed learning and hearing stories that I had never heard before. I knew or was familiar with a few of th ...more
Sep 23, 2014 Annabel rated it it was amazing
Everything about this book is gorgeous. The art is whimsical and captures the substance of each story. Each of Aesop's fables illustrates an important truth about the human condition and is summed up perfectly with a proverb at the end of each story. For some reason the animals make the story more powerful than if the story were about humans. Probably because humans are seen as being more in-depth and complicated whereas there is a purity to the personality and attributes we give animals. Using ...more
Alexis Priestley
Sep 25, 2014 Alexis Priestley rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-lit
I was familiar with some on the stories told in here, as I'm sure most people are. The illustrations I thought were beautiful. Although some of the stories were entertaining, funny or had some redeeming messages, it wasn't my favorite. Some stories I thought were a little odd or too vague. I don't think I would have liked this book very much as a child. It wouldn't have been able to keep my attention for very long. As a child I liked a whole story as opposed to a book full of little stories. Wit ...more
Lauren Blount
Sep 17, 2014 Lauren Blount rated it liked it
Aesop's Fables is a great book to read to young children because the fable's are short, quick, and include a picture to go along with it. The sometimes quirky fables will be enjoyable and relatable to children because of the use of animals in the telling of the fable. The fables are a fun way of teaching simple life lessons to kids, although some of the fables are a little more deep with lessons that are harder to distinguish than others. Overall an excellent and unique book to use for teaching ...more
Emily Mckinnon
Oct 14, 2014 Emily Mckinnon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child-lit, folklore
Wow! What a fantastic set of fables! I thoroughly enjoyed reading these. The illustrations are uniquely beautiful and really add to the life of the fables. What I like best is that each fable had an important life lesson embedded that children, teens, and adults all can learn from. One of my favorite lessons was from "The Bear and the Bees," which was, "It is better to bear a single injury in silence than to bring about a thousand by reacting in anger." These fables are great to teach young chil ...more
Megan Guertler
Sep 22, 2014 Megan Guertler rated it really liked it
The entire book was filled with fables that i have been told my whole life. some though i have never heard of, one of these was "The wolf in the sheep's clothing" i really like this one, i think manly for the lesson that is learned in it. harm seek, harm find. this is displayed all the time but not always is it as extreme as is shown in this fable. one more thing that i loved in this book was the illustrations, i thought they were beautiful! I enjoyed reading this book very much.
Mar 31, 2015 Johnathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fable
The art for this book is amazing. I really enjoy having this book around and it is fun to read to my son as a bedtime story. The artist does a great job of creating pictures that bring the stories to life. A lot of the time I found myself just checking out the art instead of the stories. It is nice to have a copy of fables around to use as reference material and the artwork is definitely a bonus.
Breanne Driesel
Sep 25, 2014 Breanne Driesel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: child-lit
I found this book captivating. Each story was different and had something to teach. I love when reading is both educational and enjoyable (sometimes it doesn't always feel like that). The correlation of the animals and their characteristics fit so well. I found it interesting that the lion, fox, and mouse were used so often. I loved the illustrations each one fit it's story line so well.
Natasha Stewart
Dec 16, 2014 Natasha Stewart rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
I really enjoyed this book. I grew up reading and hearing these stories and having most of them all in one book was very convenient. These stories are odd at times but you do learn some lessons from them. They are fables to help you learn from different situations in life. I think they are compiled well in the book and Santore did wonderful illustrations. They match the story well.
Sep 30, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aesop's Fables is a very familiar, enjoyable set of stories, beautifully illustrated by Charles Santore. Each story is easily read and could be read to probably any age, but could be expounded on with children of older ages, with certain themes they would be able to understand. The themes are outlined in a sentence at the end, explaining the moral of the fable.
Tonia Sandersfeld
Jan 22, 2016 Tonia Sandersfeld rated it really liked it
I loved how the animals all looked so human and full of emotion in each illustration. The author said in the introduction that this was his goal, and I felt that he achieved that goal very realistically. I love these tales and their morals still hold true today. Kids can still learn lessons from the faults and virtues of the animals in these fables.
Stephanie Day
Apr 01, 2015 Stephanie Day rated it liked it
Shelves: folklore
While I enjoyed the individual stories, It was a little overwhelming to read them all together. Once you finish one, your head has barely had time to process it, because it was only a few sentences long, and then you're thrown right into the next one. Maybe I just read to fast?... Otherwise, a great group of stories and morals. All worth knowing!
Loryn Tindall
Jan 15, 2015 Loryn Tindall rated it really liked it
Shelves: folklore
I had a group of friends share this with me and I though it was fantastic. I had no idea that some of the most commonly known fables I knew were from this, and it was terrific being able to finally read the story instead of hear it from word of mouth. I especially liked the fact that the book gives the moral of the story at the end of each story.
Austin Francis
I thought the artwork was amazing and the format the story was told was great. The moral at the end in parentheses I thought were helpful because I wasn't sure what the moral was on some of them. The deep meanings behind things actually really taught me a lot. I just thought it was a great representation on stories older than sliced bread.
This book is full of good life lessons, although the language or wording used is outdated for this day and age. And I can't agree with all of the lessons, one said "Might makes right". I had to expand and explain that a little better to my boys. The illustrations are wonderful tho and the short stories are fast and easy to read to young children.
Liz Carrillo
Sep 25, 2014 Liz Carrillo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
I thought the book is simply amazingly perfect. I enjoyed reading this a lot, especially because at the end of every fable there was a message that if you just read it you wouldn't understand it, you have to read the story and the message below it and think about it to learn a lesson of it .
I thought that these fables were a good little read. They were short and the lesson that the fable taught at the end was written at the end of the story. It was really interesting to go through and familiarize myself with the fables. It's good for teaching children little lessons on life
Jan 27, 2014 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: january
I was obsessed with the illustrations in this book; they were so vivid and interesting and seemed to jump right off the page. I also really liked that it was a compilation of various fables, which gave you many reading options. It was also organized very well and made sense to move from one story to the next. I would love to use this in my classroom when going over folktales!
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Charles Santore is an American illustrator best known for his children's books. His work is on display permanently at the Brandywine River Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. He won the Hamilton King award from the New York Society of Illustrators. His book William the Curious won the 1998 Storytelling World Honor from Storytelling magazine.
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