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The highest standards in editing and production have been applied to the Wordsworth Children's Classics, while the low price makes them affordable for everyone. Wordsworth's list covers a range of the best-loved stories for children, from nursery tales, classic fables, and fairy tales to stories that will appeal to older children and adults alike. Many of these volumes hav ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published March 5th 1999 by Wordsworth Classics (first published -560)
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Riku Sayuj
Feb 23, 2014 Riku Sayuj rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Riku by: Socrates

AESOP'S ECHOES

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 as
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Manny
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
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James
The Rabbit and The Python

There once was a Rabbit who wrote a Goodreads review for every book it completed. Having just finished another book, it was now in front of the computer, scratching its head thinking what to write. Meanwhile, a Python came along and wrapped its tail quite quietly and softly round the Rabbit’s legs, more like a heating blanket than a deadly embrace. Having made its approach, the Python then glanced over the rabbit’s shoulder and, reading the fragment there, said, ‘What yo
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Prashant
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
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Lauren Schumacher
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
Kevin Richey
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
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أحمد
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
Salah Eddine Ghamri
Now i know the origin of all my favorite stories
Wanda
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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
1001. Aesop’s Fables, Aesopus
حکایتهای ازوپ - ازوپ (هرمس، زوار، اساطیر)ادبیات
بنا به گفته «هرودوت»، «ازوپ» برده‌ای از اهالی «سارد» بوده است. افسانه‌هایی 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 پیش از میلاد می‌زیسته، و با «کورش هخامنشی» هم دوره بوده است. داستان‌های او به اکثر زبان‌های دنیا ترجمه شده است. و يکی از آن افسان
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Steven
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
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Safae
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
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Taka
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,
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Lau
Aug 30, 2014 Lau rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lau by: 1001 books to read before you die
Las fábulas de Esopo son famosísimas. Cuando busqué el libro (sugerido por la lista de 1001 que leer antes de morir) esperaba que fueran relativamente pocas y no 393 como son en realidad.

Pero esa no fue la única sorpresa que me deparó este libro. No tenía realmente una idea formada de lo que iba a encontrar, además de que no sabía que eran tan, tan antiguas. Se adjudica su publicación al año 560 A.C. Ayer, como quien dice.
Conocía algunas de las fábulas más famosas y me encontré con otras que pen
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Jennifer
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
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aljouharah altheeyb

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!

دخلت في موقع كورسيرا للتعلم ( https://www.coursera.org )
، وان هُنالك كورس يتكلم عن الفانتازيا وكتب الخيال العلمي ( Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World ) وكيفية “قراءة مابعد السور” فيها وإستنتاج الحكم والعبر وحتى الرسائل المخ
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Lindsay
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
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Elinor  Loredan
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.

Favorites:

Mercury and the Woo
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Sunny in Wonderland
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.
John Yelverton
Without a doubt some of the best fables that you will ever read, and they will quite probably change your life.
Annie Zole
I love all these stories and still reference them today (Especially the one about the crow and the grapes)
Lori
I remember hearing of many of Aesop's fables over the years. I read some years ago as well. I got this for free on my e-reader and thought it would be fun to re-visit some of those wise fables written so long ago.most of his fables taught lessons. some good others forgettable. I read some I consider favorites. Androcles {and the lion} I liked this one best of all. how the slave named Androcles came across a lion with a thorn in his paw. he pulls it out and bandages the paw.they become "friends" ...more
Tonielle
Oh how the fables I read as a child have stuck with me. This is one of those books that I want to read/pass to my children. I like that it's not all happy endings and fairy tale exaggerations.

I feel like several of the stories are easy enough for a child to understand, yet complicated enough in their lessons to resonate for many years.

They should not be read back to back in order to appreciate each one on its own, but I like to flick through and read random ones even at my current age. Just li
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Jennifer
Beverley Naidoo grew up listening to Aesop’s fables. In them she identified the animals she grew up with in South Africa: not foxes, but cunning jackals; grumpy warthogs instead of boars. So this stunning book, vibrantly and beautifully illustrated by Piet Grobler, retells these classic fables with a variety of African animals, birds and insects, as well as touches of South African slang, Afrikaans, Setswana and isiZulu. We meet an old lion who tricks zebras but not the jackal, a tortoise who th ...more
A.
The Fox and the Grapes-
I thought grapes were ripe, but I see now they are quite sour.

The Goose that laid the golden eggs-
Much wants more and loses all.

The Cat and the Mice-
If you are wise you won't be deceived by the innocent airs of those whom you have once found to be dangerous.

The Mischievous Dog-
Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.

The Charcoal Burner and the Fuller-
Why, everything I take such pains to whiten would be blackened in no time by your charcoal.

The Mice in Council-
But may I ask w
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Matt
Mar 02, 2007 Matt rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone in need of concise wisdom--in other words, everyone.
It’s hard to say much about a collection such as this, when each fable can range from three sentences to no more than a page. It’s not written with character development in mind, or wordplay, or plot, or what-have-you. These compact little vignettes from Aesop are read for their pearls of wisdom, and in that, they succeed splendidly.

Their straightforwardness is key to their success: There’s a problem posed, a response to it, and the consequences. The lessons imparted have a way of embedding into
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Jami
This audio collection had 160 of the fables, and I liked the variety of the selections. This was very enjoyable to revisit some childhood stories that I recalled and I had forgotten that they were such short tales. I had read some of them before, but others were new to me. I also enjoyed the use of animals to illustrate the morals of the tales. I was amazed that some common expressions we use today (such as physician heal thy self) comes from the morals of these fables; I guess I had never thoug ...more
Alex
Man, what a ton of fun this is. And how weird the cumulative effect of all these stories: deeply cynical, resigned, pessimistic, but without losing an overarching impishness.

This is a clean, smooth translation by VS Vernon Jones for B&N Classics, and the lengthy intro is terrific. It comes with wonderful illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
Lysmerry
Wit, wisdom, simplicity....

I love to retell Aesop's Fables to my (very patient) friends because I can't get over the concise brilliance of each tale. The morals are more
sensible than preachy and they're still relevant.

My favorites are the greedy dog that tries to snatch a bone from his own reflection, the man who blows hot and cold with the same breath, and the competition of the sun and the wind to tear a man's jacket from his back.

With sparse prose and situations where characters 'learn the
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Niamh
The Wonderful Aesop's Fables. Is there anyone that doesn't know "The Boy who cried Wolf", "The Hare and the Tortoise" etc. The stories are short and interesting and each half a lesson to be learned. They are excellent for teaching life lessons to pupils. They can be read aloud in class or they can be transformed into worksheets etc. The students can hear/read the story and then try and figure out what the lesson is behind the story.

The background to Aesop and his Fables can be used to integrate
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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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