Aesop's Fables

by Aesop

Hardcover, 1989





Barron's Educational Series (1989), Edition: Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed, Hardcover, 48 pages


An illustrated collection of more than 300 fables first told by the Greek slave Aesop.

Original publication date

ca. 600 BC

Physical description

48 p.; 11.35 inches


0812059581 / 9780812059588



User reviews

LibraryThing member Voracious_Reader
Every few years I enjoy rereading Aesop’s Fables. When I come across a different edition with wonderful, new-to-me illustrations, I just can’t help myself. The morals of the Fables are occasionally contradictory, that’s where they’re most interesting in fact. For example, some tales seem to indicate that opposites attract and can help one another; in other instances alike things are attracted to one another and those things that are different are dangerous and can cause them harm; still, one has to fight the urge, because they are so amusing, to agree with all of Aesop’s “lessons” on all points. The best thing you can get from it as a child is that the world can be a contradictory place and that the best thing to do is ask questions about the truth of any given assertion or act. Aesop, if he did exist, seems like he could probably move from being a skeptic to being paranoid pretty easily. It’s good to read the tales with a dose of good humor.… (more)
LibraryThing member Anietzerck
Not sure if it was just the copy that I had but it seems that so many of the stories were the same or very similiar and there were also some that seemed to tell the same story but with different outcomes. I know that historians are pretty sure that other authors have added their own work to be included with Aesop's fables, and that made the repetitive stories a little easier to read. Individually though, most of the fables had a good lesson attached to it.… (more)
LibraryThing member smcamp1234

Enjoyed the ones I was familiar with, many of them seemed repetitious. Overall a book everyone should and usually are familiar with.
LibraryThing member ARICANA
The Tortoise and the Hare, the Grasshopper and the Ant, and dozens more of the delightful creatures that have been entertaining and instructing people for thousands of years. The storyteller Aesop lived in Ancient Greece, far away from us in time and distance. But his clever little stories have as much meaning for us today as they did when he first told them so long ago...… (more)
LibraryThing member briannad84
Read this for the "1001" books and they're good little stories with great moral messages, but I found it hard to read them straight thru as a whole book. A few of the stories I even got a bit confused on because I kept mixing them up with others that were similar. I thought a few times "didn't I just read this this one?" But it was a good read and a keeper, and at least I finished it!… (more)
LibraryThing member capiam1234

Enjoyed the ones I was familiar with, many of them seemed repetitious. Overall a book everyone should and usually are familiar with.
LibraryThing member berthashaver
This book contains 82 of Aesop's fables. Many of these short stories with a moral of the story at the end, I have never heard before. Many, many of these early stories have morals that I never knew the origin of -
A stitch in time saves nine, honesty is the best policy. These moral little sayings have withstood the test of time.… (more)
LibraryThing member Jill.Barrington
Various fables by Aesop are presented in a collection.

The book would be useful in discussing morals and fables with kids.
LibraryThing member .Monkey.
Some were great, some were dull (or even rather mean), and some were in-between. Overall, not super crazy about it, but glad to have read the collection of them.
LibraryThing member vegetarian
Nothing in it is true - though some argue that it has 'truths' (of a sort). I gave it one star...
LibraryThing member BrandiMichelle
Traditional stories, many very familiar such as "The Lion and the Mouse" and "The Hare and the Rabbit" along with eleven other tales are presented in this vertically aligned book. Each tale is short enough to fit on one page in large text. The illustrations in the book add whimsy and allow for increased understanding of the story.… (more)
LibraryThing member Pauline.Ramsey
This was the first time I ever read any of Aesop's Fables and I loved each little story. These nuggets of morality hidden within tiny stories truly makes one think about their actions towards themselves and toward others. It is an excellent book to read to your little ones in hopes of helping them understand decency towards others.

I would recommend this book to others.
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LibraryThing member auntieknickers
Yet another I should reread, although so many of the fables are so familiar. Who could forget the fox and the grapes? The lessons in Aesop are still worthwhile today.
LibraryThing member GoldenBeep
I read this book while taking a course on animal satire with a focus on the Aesopic tradition. The fables are very entertaining and make for good conversation with friends. The translator, Laura Gibbs, has posted many of the fables on her website. However, the book is organized by situations, and there is nothing more satisfying than quoting one of Aesop's fables to remedy a particular situation.… (more)
LibraryThing member dtn620
This was my first read through of Aesop's Fables in its entirety. Obviously I have encountered many of these fables before individually but was somewhat surprised by how dark they are. Aesop as a freedman was brilliant at seeing into the psyche of humankind. The Fables have held up well over the last 2500 years. I found it odd that the translator used the names of the Roman gods as opposed to the original greek gods.… (more)
LibraryThing member Danielle_Rumsky
This is a great collection of tales full of themes and moral lessons. A favorite in this collection is the tortoise and the hare that teaches the lesson of slow and steady wins the race. There are animals, fun, and moral lessons throughout this collection.
LibraryThing member Kristelh
short little proverbs usually using animals to tell a morality stories. Some of these proverbs are often spoken but wonder how many know whence they come? Remind me of the Proverbs from the Bible. Rating 3.75
LibraryThing member AliceAnna
Very, very simple anecdotes. Any fables that have been turned into lengthier morality tales such as "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" have been beefed up considerably.
LibraryThing member perlle
Just as relevant as ever.
LibraryThing member cbrwn92
Classic stories for people of any age. I have had a copy since I was little and it almost always is displayed on one of my shelves. It is full of small tales you have probably heard over and over, but delightfully do not grow old. There were wonderful illustrations as well.
LibraryThing member librisissimo
full title: "The Fables of Aesop: Aesop's Fables in a new translation for modern readers, with illustrations by Thomas Bewick". Back leaf: "The illustrations are reproduced from Thomas Bewick's "Select Fables" printed in various editions over one hundred years ago." LC record: "Aesop’s fables / from translations of Thomas James and George Tyler [i.e. Fyler] Townsend ; with the illustrations of Thomas Bewick".… (more)
LibraryThing member anunez1
I enjoyed this chapter book because of the moral messages learned from each short fable and how I could remember a majority of these stories from my own childhood. The moral lessons learned from these stories stem from always telling the truth, the idea that slow and steady will win the race, and to not judge someone by their appearance. As a child I remembered reading a great majority of these and enjoyed being able to reinterpret what was being said. Although the version I read did not contain illustrations, I did enjoy how the words came to life on the page. As one reads these stories, they can be illustrated in the reader's mind. The big idea of this chapter book is to give a recorded source of the oral stories told so as to teach moral lessons to children and adults.… (more)
LibraryThing member sfinke5
The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a great story for young children. It has a very important lesson which is not to lie. The boy "cried wolf" and said there was a wolf when there was not. Then, when there actually was no one believed him. This is important for young children to learn. I really loved this story because of the lesson. I also enjoyed it because it was interesting and made the reader want to keep reading. The story was also great because it was a good length. It was not too long so it was not boring, but it also was not too short. The last thing I liked was that the story was well written. From the writing, I could envision the boy and what was happening in the story. This was a great book!… (more)
LibraryThing member aryadeschain
Not the best book of fables in the whole wide world, but it does have its charm and its certainly brings back memories. There are lots of tales that I have heard before when I was a kid, several of them actually quite popular. However, this book goes straight to the point. You know the tale of the Turtle and the Hare, which has already been rewritten by several different authors, even having animated movies about it? Well, this book tells the story in half a page. Which isn't so bad, really. It's actually interesting to read those stories in a short format, with the emphasis on the story's lesson. A nice read for grown-ups, a good thing to give the children something to think about.… (more)
LibraryThing member REGoodrich
Aesops's Fables are short and sweet and easy to read for most ages. A number of the stories are very clever, all with a point or moral to be learned in the end. There are quite a few in this book that I have never heard before, many not as creative as the common Aesop's Fables I grew up knowing; however it was fun to read through them.… (more)




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