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Aesop's fox
Sogabe, Aki.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Browndeer Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Several fables from Aesop are adapted and woven into a story about the adventures of a fox.
Reading Level:
430 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 65635.
Added Uniform Title:
Aesop's fables.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
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PZ8.2.S57 AES 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales

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One summer morning, Fox awakens and begins his search for food. His travels take him to a vineyard, where the unreachable grapes are probably sour, and to a conversation with Rooster and Crow, during which flattery first fails but then succeeds. Fox meets--among others--foolish Donkey, wise Boar, vain Leopard, and shrewd Lion. With each meeting, Fox gains wisdom--until at the end of the day, falling asleep in the hollow of a tree, he says, "Time fixes everything." And so it does.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Though Sogabe's (The Loyal Cat) cut-paper illustrations are glorious, they cannot disguise the pedestrian, plodding tone of the story, which strings together several brief tales about a fox. Many of the vignettes have direct roots in Aesop ("The Fox and the Grapes"; "The Fox and the Crow"), yet the delivery of the morals seems strained. For example, when Fox decides the elusive grapes are sour, a boar conveniently observes the proceedings and remarks, "We often pretend to dislike what we can't have." In others, the moral's connection to Aesop is less obvious (e.g., a dying Old Lion beckons to Fox to come closer, and Fox responds, "No thank you.... Better safe than sorry"). Yet the volume is visually enchanting; each illustration consists of finely detailed foliage of varying shades of greens. Sogabe achieves an exquisite sense of balance not only through pleasing gradations of color but also through the subtle repetition of shapes that dance across the pages. Unfortunately, even with the breathtaking views, readers will likely feel they've had too many lessons for one sitting. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Sogabe has selected several fables revolving around a fox and woven them into a single narrative. Well-known tales such as "The Fox and the Grapes" and "The Fox and the Crow" as well as tales in which the fox is the secondary character, e.g., "The Old Lion" and "The Donkey in a Lion's Skin," are included. Unfortunately, this approach doesn't always gel. The familiar morals are incorporated into the dialogue so that they sound even more preachy than they are. Also, fables are-by their nature-episodic, so creating links among them is awkward, and at times forced. Much more successful are the accomplished cut-paper, airbrush, and watercolor illustrations, which have a delicacy and sensitivity that is reminiscent of Japanese prints. Plenty of white space and a good balance between the text and art make the page layout and design visually appealing. The art is appropriate for sharing in a storytime setting, but the meandering text is more suitable for independent reading. Barbara McClintock's Animal Fables from Aesop (Godine, 1991) and Mitsumasa Anno's Anno's Aesop (Orchard, 1989; o.p.) are more successful efforts. Still, the striking pictures and novel presentation make this an interesting addition.-Denise Anton Wright, Alliance Library System, Bloomington, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.