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Aesop Fables

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Here are the time-honored fables of Aesop as never seen before. Santore's animals leap off the page in explosions of color, giving messages to ponder and physical beauty to savor. School Library Journal called this interpretation of the classic morality tales " a delight to the eye and ear."
Paperback, 168 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Blue Unicorn Editions (first published -560)
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Huda Yahya

يقال إن هذه الحكايات حكايات شعبية يونانية
جمعت ووضعت تحت إسم مؤلف متخيل أسموه أيسوب

ربما بنفس الطريق التي راح بها الأخوين جريم يجمعان الفولكلور الألماني
ووضعوه في قصصهم الخرافيةالأشهر

ولكن هناك فريق آخر يرى أن أيسوب شخصية حقيقية وأن هذه القصص فعلا من تأليفه

وبغض النظر عن الحقيقة
فالحكايات هنا مثلها مثل كليلة ودمنة تميل إلى كونها مواعظ وحكم ذلات دلالات أخلاقية
كما أنها تدور على ألسنة الحيوانات
وهي أيضا قصيرة نسبيا

جزء آخر من تراث الإنسانية الذي علينا جميعا التعرف عليه
أحب هذه القصة كثيرا
فهي خالدة ما دام
Riku Sayuj
Feb 23, 2014 Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Riku by: Socrates


It is amazing how so many popular references and common senses are found here. Aesop finds his echoes throughout the high flying philosophers and through the earthy grandmothers, not only engrafted into the literature of the civilized world, but familiar as household words in daily conversation of peoples, across borders. It is all pervading. And to top it off, such great pleasure too.

Wisdom, and simplicity, and entertainment - through unforgettable stories - what more could be a
Dec 24, 2010 Manny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I was looking for a Christmas present for my nephew the other day when I noticed an edition of Aesop's Fables in Blackwells. I had a copy myself when I was a kid, and it was one of my favourite books. I can't guess how many times I read it.

Thinking about it now, it surprises me to realise how fresh and up-to-date it still feels. Most of the stuff from that period is starting to slip away; most people don't read the Bible any more, or Homer, or Euripides, or Seneca. Obviously, they're still ackno
Apr 13, 2015 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There once was a Rabbit who wrote a Goodreads review for every book he read. Having just finished another book, he was now in front of the computer, scratching his head, thinking what to write. Meanwhile, a Python came along and wrapped his tail quite quietly and softly round the Rabbit’s legs, more like a heating blanket than a deadly embrace. Having made his approach, the Python then glanced over the rabbit’s shoulder and, reading the fragment there, said, ‘What you ha
Ahmad Sharabiani
1001. Aesop’s Fables, Aesopus
حکایتهای ازوپ - ازوپ (هرمس، زوار، اساطیر)ادبیات
بنا به گفته «هرودوت»، «ازوپ» برده ای از اهالی «سارد» بوده است. افسانه هایی تعریف کرده که منشأ تعداد بی شماری از امثال و حکم شده است. «ازوپ» دارای سیصد و چهار افسانه است. «ازوپ» در یونان غلامی زرخرید بوده که بعدها صاحبش او را آزاد کرد، و «دلفی»ها او را به قتل رساندند. «ازوپ» در سالهای قرن ششم و هفتم پیش از میلاد میزیسته، و با «کورش هخامنشی» همدوره بوده، و داستانهای او به اکثر زبانهای دنیا ترجمه شده است. اینک بازگویی يکی ا
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Aesop embodies an epigram not uncommon in human history; his fame is all the more deserved because he never deserved it. The firm foundations of common sense, the shrewd shots at uncommon sense, that characterise all the Fables, belong not him but to humanity. In the earliest human history whatever is authentic is universal: and whatever is universal is anonymous. In such cases there is always some central man who had first the trouble of
Eric Boot
I translated parts of these for my Greek lessons, and it was pretty interesting :) I didn't read all of them but I think the biggest share.
This was the only book quite appropriate for my young age that I read as a child, a precious edition with lots of drawings by one of the best book illustrators, Arthur Rackham, which to date is still much loved by me. I have that old copy with me even now, relatively well preserved.
Apr 19, 2014 أحمد rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قرأت طبعة مكتبة (مصر) التي ترجمها د. مصطفى السقا وسعيد جودة السحار عن ترجمة (تاونْسِنْد) الإنجليزية. اشتريت الكتاب جديدا من معرض الكتاب بالقاهرة - في عام 2010 - بمئة وستين قرشا بعد الخصم! ووجدت فيه أكثر من ثلاثمائة حكاية كان معظمها فائق الإمتاع والعمق، بلا تكلف. والكتاب مزين برسوم قديمة محببة. الخلاصة أنني سأدعو للقائمين على مكتبة (مصر) حتى تُمحى آخر حكاية من حكايات إيسوب - حكيم اليونان - من ذاكرتي، ولست أظنه ممكنا!

أحمد الديب
مايو 2010
aljouharah altheeyb
Nov 30, 2014 aljouharah altheeyb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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لم أكن أنوي الإستماع لهذا الكتاب بتاتاً خلال هذا الشهر، بل كُنت أشاور نفسي فيما يجب علي حذفه أم لا لأحفظ سعة الآيباد في الفترة الراهنة، لكن حمداً لله على ذلك، رأيت ماجعلني أغير رأيي تماماً بل وأجبرني على إنهاء الكتاب وإعادة الإستماع له مرتين أيضاً!

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، وان هُنالك كورس يتكلم عن الفانتازيا وكتب الخيال العلمي ( Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World ) وكيفية “قراءة مابعد السطور” فيها وإستنتاج الحكم والعبر وحتى الرسائل الم
Mar 29, 2012 Prashant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am writing this and the only thing that's resonating in my mind is 'the last thing this book needs is another review'

I am still writing this because I suppose I owe this anyone who have not read this book yet. All of us have read,seen or heard of many of these fables at different points in our life.

Here are some stories that have been read for so long a time and adapted to so many forms that they border on being cliched.

Many of these are being immortalized by addition to modern english in fo
Lauren Schumacher
May 03, 2013 Lauren Schumacher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a student of fairy tales. I have multiple editions of Grimms'. I have read everything ever written by Hans Christian Anderson. I had never read Aesop's Fables, though, understanding them from a young age to be folksy and devoid of conflict. But I have tasted regret often lately for my precocious judgements, so when this collection of several hundred tales caught my eye, I decided to give them a try. I'm so very glad I did, for each of these fables is a revelation. In their simplicity, these ...more
I hadn't read this book, but I was amazed at how many of these fables I was familiar with. So many are part of our modern culture, part of our collective consciousness, and they are not specific to any one country or continent. This is truly a World classic. Most of them are easy to understand, some of them are far fetched, and some just don't make any sense. Some animals are used over and over in the stories, like the donkey, the lion, and the hare. It occurred to me after I had finished that I ...more
Kevin Richey
Mar 16, 2009 Kevin Richey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 - The fables varied in quality, and all pretty much blended together after a while. This one stood out:

Demandes and His Fable
Demades the orator was once speaking in the Assembly at Athens; but the people were very inattentive to what he was saying, so he stopped and said, "Gentlemen, I should like to tell you one of Aesop's fables." This made everyone listen intently. Then Demades began: "Demeter, a Swallow, and an Eel were once traveling together, and came to a river without a bridge: the
Salah Eddine Ghamri
Jul 18, 2013 Salah Eddine Ghamri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now i know the origin of all my favorite stories
"The Goat and the Donkey

A man kept a goat and a donkey. The goat became jealous of the donkey, because it was so well fed. So she said to him:
‘What with turning the millstone and all the burdens you carry, your life is just a torment without end.’
She advised him to pretend to have epilepsy and to fall into a hole in order to get some rest. The donkey followed her advice, fell down and was badly bruised all over. His master went to get the vet and asked him for a remedy for these injuries. The ve
Wow, was this collection of the Fables different from what I remember reading as a child. As the translator points out, we now think of fables as children’s literature, but they were originally meant for an adult audience and it certainly shows in this volume. There are a few rude and crude fables and a small selection of humourous fables.

As a farm child, I was always excited when we received a new box of books in the mail from the University of Alberta through their library extension program. I
Diep Tran
Mar 27, 2016 Diep Tran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ngày còn học tiểu học, cũng có được học vài truyện ngụ ngôn hay như " Chú bé chăn cừu" biết nói dối, nhưng mà ít có cơ hội đọc thêm về mấy truyện kiểu như thế này. Hồi đó làm gì có Internet để mà tìm kiếm !
Đọc tập truyện này, thấy sao mà có những người thông minh khác người như thế, cốt truyện thì ngắn gọn, mỗi truyện chỉ có năm mười dòng mà tác giả nói hết được ý muốn nói với người đọc. Nhiều khi, mình viết, mình nói dài lê thê mấy trang giấy mà cũng chẳng diễn tả cho người khác hiểu hết ý mìn
Feb 07, 2008 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidatheart, 1001
Read this book and remember all the life lessons you learned as a little kid and should remember as an adult:

Hard work pays off (Farmer and his Sons); don’t lie (Boy and the Wolf); there is a time for work and a time for play (Ant and Grasshopper); some people can’t change (Wolf and the Shepherd); ability is not judged by size (Mouse and the Lion); greed is bad (Goose that Laid the Golden Egg); careful the company you keep (Farmer and the Stork); things get less scary with time (Fox and the Lion
Oct 28, 2011 Safae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001, english
Some books remind me that English is not my native language, that there are plenty of words that i don't know , that there is still so much i cannot understand, this book was definitely one of them.
It's usual for me to use a dictionary, or a translator , whenever i read English books, but at some extent , it just gets boring, and i become incapable of remembering half of the words and i start forgetting the meaning of half the others as soon as i close the book , or the computer on my case.
The t
A delightful quick read, but repetitive at times--

This collection of Aesop's fables contains 600 fables, including the classic fables known universally like the boy who cried wolf, the north wind and the sun, the tortoise and the hare, and the ant and the cricket. Never for once was I bored plowing through all 600 fables in 2.5 days, although there were a number of repetitive fables that could have been better consigned to an appendix section or something.

Though simple, short, and overtly corny,
Jan 06, 2016 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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AESOP’S FABLES. (ca. 600 B.C.). Munro Leaf (trans.) & Robert Lawson (illus.) ****.
Often, during gaps of books arriving from the library, I will peruse my shelves and pick out a book that I haven’t read for many years. This edition of the Fables was published in 1941 by the Heritage Press. What makes it special is that the translation was done by Munro Leaf. Leaf was a famous writer of children’s books; his crowning achievement being “Ferdinand the Bull.” The illustrator for this edition was
Travelling Sunny
350+ pages of this:

There once was a reader whose habit it was to collect new stories. But, after many years, she chose to partake of an old story. "I know this one!", she would think to herself as each of the fables unfolded. Then, the stereotyped animal would die and she would gain a new (morbid, but morally educational) ending for an old story.

Moral: You don't really know the story until you've read the book.
Bookworm Sean
This is full of many common places acronyms that are unconsciously imbedded into everyday speech. It’s amusing to learn where these came from and how long they’ve been around!
Sidharth Vardhan
I like stories when philosophical truths and observations are bent to stories, so simple, that they can be attractive to both children and grown up. Aesop's fables pass this test. They are so simple that one is bound to have come across at least some of them, such as the fox and grapes; the hen that gave golden eggs; the lion and hare; who shall bell the cat etc.
A Fable is a short but real narrative; it will seek, to convey a hidden meaning, and that not so much by the use of language, as by the
Apr 16, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read. Like most people, I have read a few of these fables, and heard a few more. They are quick and fun to read, and any one of them could spark a fascinating discussion.

For example--the King of the Frogs: The frogs ask for a king, and are given a piece of wood. After a time, they complain that the wood does nothing, and are given a crocodile instead, who eats them. The moral: better a do-nothing ruler than an evil tyrant.

Does this lesson still apply today? Has our complex system o
Jen Book Nook
Dec 12, 2015 Jen Book Nook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved reading through this book of fables. There were quite a few in the collection that I had never read before, but also definitely some childhood favourites and re-reading them as an adult reminded me how much I loved those stories.
Aesop's fables are still around today because of their message, not the storytelling quality. They translate well into the digital age not least as a tool in powerpoint presentations to distract people from the dubiousness of your research, and in backing up tenuous arguments on internet forums.
Aesop's comfort with doling out seemingly contradictory morals from story to story never fails to reassure me, befitting the messy world we live in. There are several handy resources available which compl
Elinor  Loredan
Jun 11, 2014 Elinor Loredan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Every story is innovative and contains a bit of truth worth considering, bringing many chuckles and sighs of sympathy and appreciation from me. Though a few don't match up, I like the applications at the end of the stories, which include tragedy, triumph, humor,cunning, goodness, and earnestness. I don't know why these are often pegged as children's literature when they were originally intended, by Aesop, for adults, contain subtle profundity, and can be quite grim.


Mercury and the Woo
Mar 21, 2016 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aesop's Fables.
They're a collection extremely short stories, some of which we all remember from childhood having been immortalized in classic cartoons. Most of them are a general look at human nature which, though told tongue-in-cheek, are actually intended to be truthful observations even if they are uncomfortable. Some of them have a moral attached at the end. Some of the morals are spot on while others seemed incomplete or even questionable to me at times. And there were a few that didn't ma
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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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