The calamities that befall the hapless creatures of Aesop’s Fables! The fox can’t reach his grapes, then gets attacked by biting flies, and loses his tail in a trap. And things don’t go much better for the hare, who is chased relentlessly by a hound, barely escaping with his life—only to be beaten in a race by a lowly tortoise. Misfortune turns to mayhem when a wolf is killed by his sweetheart’s father, a sheepdog preys on his own flock, and the mouse and his friend the frog are eaten by a hawk. On the brighter side, a tiny ant saves her new friend the dove from a hunter’s arrow, a bat persuades two different weasels not to eat her, and a kid goat uses his wits to escape from the jaws of a hungry wolf.
Treachery is everywhere. A fox proclaims peace among all creatures in order to lure a cock from a tree; one crow cheats another out of his dinner; a lion pretends to be a doctor in order to trap a horse. Then, there’s the wolf who dresses in sheep’s clothing to ravage a flock from the inside—and the moral of the story is . . .
For nearly three thousand years, Aesop’s Fables have amused people of all ages as they provide commonsense lessons in the conduct of everyday life. The colorful characters and brief tales, by turns amusing and frightening, deliver a how-to course in applied moral philosophy.
About the Author
Aesop is thought to have lived around 560 bce, though no records from the time exist to support this. According to Aristotle, he was born in Thrace on the Black Sea and was a slave on the Aegean island of Samos. Many sources claim he was granted his freedom as a reward for his wit and wisdom and became an advisor to the rich and powerful of ancient Greece.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love this book. I got to read this when I was a kid even though they banned it from my public school. It was a great read then & still is now. I would recommend it for older readers because they are SHORT MORAL STORIES and younger readers won't understand them. If you like darker short stories you will like this.
This is a hard cover book about 229 pages, containing 49 illustration, and many, many fables, but they are not all by Aesop, though one would think otherwise by the title. One can tell that there are many fables not written by Aesop because to the length, detail, location, and some even include the philosopher/slave Aesop, though that was not how Aesop told his tales. Aesop lived in ancient Greece from around 620 to 560 B.C., first as a slave, but later freed. He did make up simple tales with a moral to tell to young children, populated with animals who all get in certain situations, with consequences, illustrating what is right and wrong in life, and what can result if one does wrong, but occasionally what rewards one can receive should one do right. These tales are just as relevant today as they alway were, and it good reading, and telling, to anyone. Among his most famous are "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," "The Tortoise and the Hare," and "Andonocles and the Lion." Many other less known, but just as valuable are also preserved.The trouble with this particular edition is that too many tales are told here, a lot of them similar, and a lot of them more complicated, and quite a few set in places that have hot yet been established or discovered, including France, England, and yes, America. In America, few references are given to the Native Americans.It is obvious from this that many other tales/fables from other authors have been inserted here, and that is what brings this edition down a few notches. Aesop's tales are short and concise, and the moral is obvious even before it is told, and this is what makes these fables stand out. Some the other tales inserted here are a bit longer, confusing and one doesn't quite comprehend the moral until after one reads it.Also, it is because of all this, because of so many stories put in, that the book tends to become tedious before one finishes reading it.If you are to purchase a copy of Aesop's fables, I would recommend a children's version, for that would be pure Aesop. I don't recommend this particular edition, although the morals are worth learning despite the story itself.A book containing a complete rendering of Aesop's fables would be smaller than this, but better, and all the tales would be simple and easy to understand. Less is more!