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Title:
Aesop's fables
Author:
Sneed, Brad.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Retellings of fifteen fables from Aesop, including, among others, "The Stag at the Pool, " "The Lion and the Mouse, " and "The Vain Jackdaw."
Language:
English
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Added Uniform Title:
Aesop's fables. English. Selections. 2003.
ISBN:
9780803727519
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Book

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Brad Sneed brings his zany and creative talents to the world of Aesop. In his signature style of tricky perspectives, amusing exaggerations, and rich, delicate watercolors, his animal characters are beautifully realistic and yet humorously human, as they mimic a wide range of human feelings . . . and foibles.
The stories of Aesop have been told and retold over the centuries; in his lively adaptation Brad Sneed updates the language and infuses these fifteen stories with a sense of humor that children will enthusiastically enjoy. And once again, as in his popular alphabet book Picture a Letter, Brad has included a wordless bonus for sharp-eyed readers of all ages-a sixteenth tale told only in pictures is hidden somewhere between the covers.


Author Notes

Though many modern scholars dispute his existence, Aesop's life was chronicled by first century Greek historians who wrote that Aesop, or Aethiop, was born into Greek slavery in 620 B.C. Freed because of his wit and wisdom, Aesop supposedly traveled throughout Greece and was employed at various times by the governments of Athens and Corinth.

Some of Aesop's most recognized fables are The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Grapes, and The Ant and the Grasshopper. His simple but effective morals are widely used and illustrated for children. (Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

K-Gr. 3. Aesop's fables have been retold for centuries, and there's no end in sight. Sneed offers 15 retellings (the sixteenth, the "Tortoise and the Hare," is wordless) in sometimes jarringly contemporary language but keeps the classic morals at the end of each. The lazy grasshopper tells the ants to "Take a load off," and the rooster soon to become the eagle's lunch cries, "What?! Nobody wants a piece of me?" Each fable is a double-page, full-bleed spread, and the text is brief, a few paragraphs at most. Watercolor, colored pencil, and acrylic paintings are fully realized; the animals are depicted in surreal detail but with exaggeratedly human expressions. Note the supercilious grin on the face of the fox, who is flattering the crow into dropping the cheese in its beak. Not as elegant as Doris Orgel's The Lion and the Mouse and Other Aesop's Fables (2000) but not as serious either. --GraceAnne DeCandido Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Up-close-and-personal caricatures of anthropomorphic animals dominate Sneed's (Sorry; Picture a Letter) volume of fables, creating what can sometimes be an unnerving sense of scale. In the cover art, for example, the audience shares the perspective of a grasshopper referee, who is about to wave the flag to start a legendary race between a nearly life-size jackrabbit, grinning cheekily, and a determined but friendly looking tortoise. Within, similarly large-scale pictures illustrate 15 fables, one to a spread, each ending with a stern aphorism. A boastful rooster is caught by an eagle ("Pride goes before a fall"); the detailed image of the rooster makes the knowledge that the "juicy piece of chicken" is about to become the eagle's "lunch" somewhat hard to bear. Elsewhere, a "smirking" bat laughs at a belatedly cautious caged bird ("An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"). To trick a crow into dropping a hunk of cheese, a flirty fox uses a series of retrograde lines: "Hey, good-lookin', what's a beautiful chick like you doing in a dangerous forest like this?" As the fox grins obsequiously, the crow succumbs ("Flatterers are not to be trusted") and the fox's chicanery is rewarded: "But he had a mouthful of cheese!" Readers looking for more nuanced views of Aesop's fables should consider Toni and Slade Morrison's Who's Got Game? books; Sneed's retellings tend toward the message "I told you so." Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-Sneed has chosen 15 tales to retell and illustrate. The art, done in watercolor, colored pencil, and acrylic, is a standout. The animals, while realistically proportioned, are endowed with the character and personality that connect them to the human foibles that the tales illuminate. The palette is both varied and vibrant, and the artist has posed his creatures in a range of inventive yet possible positions. The text, however, is not as impressive. The use of colloquialisms in the dialogue-"golly," "holy cow," etc.-seems at odds with the more formal language of the narratives. Libraries who have invested in Jerry Pinkney's Aesop's Fables (SeaStar, 2000), which features 60 tales and has a better meld of text and illustration, may consider this an additional purchase.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.