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The Aesop for Children

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According to Herodotus, Aesop was a slave who lived in Samos in the 6th century B.C. His moral animal fables have delighted young and old for centuries. This fabulous full-color edition of the classic Aesop features the original illustrations of Milo Winter. This unique collection features 126 of the best-loved fables, including such favorites as "The Town Mouse and the Co ...more
Hardcover, 102 pages
Published September 24th 2007 by Barnes & Noble, Inc. (first published -560)
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Robin Hobb
Apr 01, 2013 Robin Hobb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Robin by: parents
Aesop's Fables should be a part of every child's cultural education. It isn't just that the simple stories each convey a 'moral' or lesson. It's that throughout the reader's life, one will encounter references to these stories.

"Don't be a dog in the manger." "Sour grapes!" "He took the lion's share." "She's blowing hot and cold on this topic." "He's a wolf in sheep's clothing."

If you get the full nuances of any of those, chances are you were exposed to Aesop's Fables. And if you don't, it's n
Amanda Mic Perkins
Nice art, good stories. I liked it.
A nice collection of Aesop's fables suitable for reading to yourself or out loud. There's really not much else to say about this book, honestly.
How do I love thee, Milo Winter? Let me count the ways.

1. The illustrations are fantastic. Almost every fable has a picture be it small or large enough to fill the page.

2. Excellent retelling of the fables. Not dumbed down in any way. The language is fairly challenging, but my 5 and 6 year olds understood it without difficulty. I did edit the word "a*s" and said donkey. While I have no problem with the word used in this context it just wasn't a word I wanted them repeating over and over again. A
Jun 02, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
I seriousy question the "interpretation" of the morals of some of the fables as presented in this book.
Jan 13, 2017 Adri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The aesop for children is by Milo Winter. This book is full of many stories that teach important lessons. My favorite Fable was the Milkmaid and Her Pail. It tells of a milkmaid that is carrying a milk pail on her head. As she is walking back from the field where she milked her cows, her mind is filled with thoughts of how she will be able to make a lot of butter that she is planning to take to the market and afterward buy some eggs and when the eggs have hatched and the chickens have grown she ...more
George Bachman
May 28, 2017 George Bachman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction to Aesop for younger children. Highly recommended.
Candice Adams
Mar 05, 2017 Candice Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this collection of fables, I am really impressed with Aesop as an author and all of the stories. He brings meaning and a good lesson to each story he writes, from the tortoise and the hare, to the country mouse and the city mouse.

I think this is a great book for all children to read because it frames important life lessons into simple stories for all ages to understand and enjoy. I loved reading all of stories and i would give this book to any child to read for fun or for learning
Mar 28, 2016 Woods rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: etec545-class-3
Milo Winter. The Aesop For Children. Checkerboard Press, Inc., 1947.
Fable - The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf
Theme: Honesty
This is from a compilation book directed toward elementary-age children, probably about 3rd grade through middle school age.
This is probably one of Aesop’s most well-known fables, The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Our tale, told simply, is about a shepherd boy who thought it would be funny to run through the town crying “wolf, wolf!”, then watch and laugh at the townspeople as they drop
Catherine Gillespie
The Aesop for Children with illustrations by Milo Winter is a perennial favorite for us. Ever since I found a copy at a used bookstore when Hannah was 3 (look for the version illustrated by Milo Winter), we have read an Aesop fable every school day. I have no idea how many times we have cycled through this book, but suffice it to say that the children know it so well that whenever we come across another story with elements from Aesop (and they are myriad) the kids will point it out. Aesop is fou ...more
Aesop’s fables were more like short epigrams, moralizations couched mainly in the form of stories featuring talking animals. These aren’t anthropomorphized creatures dressed up in clothes; these were beings acting according to the nature of beasts but whose actions reflected that of mankind. Thus, Aesop slyly criticized the people around him without endangering himself by naming names. While the bulk of his stories may have been forgotten or be unknown to the majority of modern readers, certain ...more
I loved this book! i loved to see all the different life lessons portrayed in a simple story. One of my favorite morals in this book was " take care of the little things, and the big ones will take care of themselves." this reminds us that for example, if we want to be a great person, be kind to others every day and eventually you will be better. That fable tells the story of an astrologer who is trying to see the future in the stars and is so caught up with big things that he falls into a mud p ...more
Cynthia Trueworthy
The Cock and the Fox

Moral: The trickster is easily tricked

This fable made a fool out of the trickster fox once again. The fox spots a rooster in a tree, and thinks he found an easy meal by telling it all animals have decided to be friends and forget their differences. The rooster pulls a fast one right back at the fox by yelling out, oh let us invite those dogs that are running this way! The fox is afraid of getting eaten and runs away. The trickster character always seems to assume their plan i
Kathy Leonard
Feb 27, 2014 Kathy Leonard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: etec545-class4
Winter, Milo. Aesop’s Fables for Children: Includes a Read-and-Listen CD (2008). In the fable, Belling the Cat, the mice have gathered to discuss a problem. They all live in fear of the cat. There was much discussion and several ideas were presented but none of them were workable. A brave young mouse offers a simple solution. The crowd was stunned. It was so simple, but brilliant. The mice were ecstatic with the prospect of having a warning system in place. Finally, an old mouse stated the obvio ...more
Library of Congress Digital Adaptation at

Stories from The Aesop for Children is a delightful, albeit simple digital version of a physical book. Many of the detailed illustrations originally drawn by Milo Winter are made interactive in this version; frogs croak, "The Frogs and the Ox,"cats creep, "Belling the Cat,"and birds chirp, "The Fox and the Grapes." Compared with contemporary digital books, this book's interactivity seems limited.

Dec 03, 2007 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: K-6
Summary: A compilation of fables of all different sorts. Includes fables such as "The Fisherman and the Little Fish" and "Jupiter and the Monkey". These fables include stories with the a moral at the end.

Reflection: This book is great for the imagination. It gets children thinking about why things happen and how we can learn from experiences.

Fables, animals, fantasy, morals
Margaret Chind

I also now have a jacket-less hardcover that is beautiful from Dalmation Press. When I search the ISBN it comes up with a Mother Goose, so that is odd. I guess they reused it? This version that I have added has a fairy, a rose and some other animals on top, but it is also illustrated by Milo Winter. I'll try to remember to take a photo to upload, as I couldn't find one online when I searched.

Newly added App from LOC with interactive features.
We love Aesop's Fables and enjoy reading various versions for our school time. This is my favorite "spine"--the illustrations are excellent. My children listen to these and often act out of a fable as their narration. Sometimes the "lesson" is not quite aligned with what we think it should be--so we discuss that, too. Our copy is going to fall apart before my son is out of elementary school, because it gets that much daily use!
Nichole Sedler
Dec 04, 2007 Nichole Sedler added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Read Aloud any age
Shelves: folklore

Written by Milo Winter and Aesop, illustrated by Milo Winter, published by Children's Press, 1985.

Summary: A collection of 112 classic moral stories originally written or told by Aesop.

Response: It's great to have all of these stories in one place and the illustrations are help tell the story for young readers. Some of the language may be difficult for students to understand and would require some explanation.

Possible Units: Character Education
Aug 02, 2008 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of classic children's literature
I'd always wanted to own a good collection of Aesop's fables. I chose this one because of the really gorgeous artwork that accompanies each fable. The colors the artist uses are wonderful, and create a gentle, old-fashioned effect. The fables themselves are always fun to re-read, and the 'moral of the story' is as pertinent now as it ever was in Aesop's day.
Jul 19, 2010 Stormy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes to read!
Recommended to Stormy by: My mother
This is an amazing book for all ages. It has a moral to the stories and is always very exciting. When I was very little my Mom would always read this to us.
Let's just say that if I could I would rate it with 10 stars ;)
Feb 17, 2014 Florencia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love this short stories. I loved to watch series when I was a kid, easy to understand and the way its related with animals makes you see them in other ways when you are a little kid.
One of those book you never forget !!!
None of my kids have really liked this book. I would give it three stars but that's me. They like a few stories mainly ones they may have already heard and are familiar with. I like that they are short and include a moral at the end of each one. The morals are used for copywork in our school time.
Feb 24, 2014 Renée rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Informs so much of modern literature. Familiarity with Aesop is essential to a good education. Fairytales are good for developing brains! An introduction to western-style morality and mindfulness without the frightening Christian mythology overlay.
Virginia Sanders
Nov 06, 2012 Virginia Sanders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-favorites
When I was a child, this book probably influenced my developing morality more than the Bible did. For some reason, I pay very close attention when animals are teaching me the difference between right and wrong.
Mar 08, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ages-3-5, ages-6-10
This edition has wonderful illustrations!!! I remember that is the main reason why I loved it as a kid. It also contains a really complete selection of probably all the fables you will ever need!!

Recommended age: 4+
Feb 20, 2009 Luetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
Recommended to Luetta by: no one
I enjoyed this book very much. It helped me understand where many wise sayings came from that I have heard for years.
Mar 18, 2009 Tiwik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Versi ebooknya nggak kalah keren dengan hardcover/paperback-nya, ilustrasinya tetap berwarna. Thanks to Choosenlight Homeschooling Indonesia

Kayaknya bakalan dapat bintang banyak nih buku
Feb 04, 2013 TheMcafeeKids is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The Lion and the Mouse - the lion was going to eat the mouse but let the mouse go. The mouse said he would help him. The lion got stuck in the net so the mouse came back and bit it to help.
Aug 24, 2010 Genoise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-school
The illustrations are lovely. I have always enjoyed Aesop's fables.
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Aesop (/ˈiːsɒp/ ee-sop; Ancient Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aisōpos, c. 620–564 BCE) was an Ancient Greek fabulist or story teller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains uncertain and (if they ever existed) no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling trad ...more
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