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Aesop

Aesop's Fables

Aesop Aesop's Fables A Pop Up Book Of Classic Tales
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Aesop's Fables leap off the page and into the minds and hearts of young readers in this dazzling pop-up collection of timeless tales. Favorite stories include ""The Tortoise and the Hare,"" ""The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg,"" ""The Lion and the Mouse,"" and seven others, vividly illustrated by Chris Beatrice and Bruce Whatley with expert paper engineering by Kees Moerbeek. Always relevant and exceptionally entertaining, Aesop's Fables should pop up on every family's bookshelf.

This book makes good use of the format to showcase 10 traditional tales. Five of the fables are presented on handsomely illustrated spreads, each including a dramatic 3-D sculpture that takes center stage and two smaller foldouts embellished with movable parts that contain the bulk of the text. Whether it’s a smug-looking goose spreading her wings and lording it over a golden egg, a crow perched atop a tree clasping a piece of cheese in her beak while a hungry fox looks greedily on from below, or a rope-tangled lion that seems to bound right off the page, each centerpiece pop-up does an excellent job of grabbing readers’ attention and drawing them into the story. In each case, a foldout or pull-tab animal cleverly incorporated into the scene can be manipulated to reveal the tale’s moral. Five more fables, including “The Wind and the Sun,” “The Dog and His Bone,” and “Two Travelers and a Bear,” are presented in a single spread via mini booklets. Throughout, rich earthy hues, lush forest landscapes, and vivid detail make the illustrations appealing. The straightforward text aptly conveys the gist of each tale, and a brief section offers background about Aesop. Share this book aloud to introduce these well-known fables but be prepared to hand it over to children eager to explore the delightfully detailed and fairly sturdy pop-up pages on their own.

SLJ, September 2011


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