The Best of Aesop's Fables

Margaret G. Clark, Author, Aesop, Author, Charlotte Voake, Author
Margaret G. Clark, Author, Aesop, Author, Charlotte Voake, Author Joy Street Books $16.95 (61p) ISBN 978-0-316-14499-5
Reviewed on: 08/29/1990
Release date: 09/01/1990
The genial tone and presentation of the 30 selections in this compilation reflect Clark's belief that Aesop's tales are entertaining in their own right, and not merely--nor even primarily--as vehicles for instruction. Traditionalists may miss each story's familiar punchline summation, but little matter: the same keen observations about human foibles shine through, albeit between the lines. The text is crisp and pithy, with a fresh, unforced contemporary flavor well suited to reading aloud. Voake's illustrations range from full spreads to small spots and decorations; they all contain her sly wit and deft touch with character and line. In this format they often serve to set a mood or provide a visual frame of reference rather than explicate plot, and for this reason the book may appeal most to those at the upper end of the suggested age range. This is a more extensive and somewhat sharper collection than the recent, elegant Aesop from Lisbeth Zwerger. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
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