Aesop's Fables

Tom Paxton, Author, Aesop, Author, Robert Rayevsky, Illustrator
Tom Paxton, Author, Aesop, Author, Robert Rayevsky, Illustrator Morrow Junior Books $16 (40p) ISBN 978-0-688-07360-2
Reviewed on: 09/01/1988
Release date: 09/01/1988
These 10 fables are given a fresh treatment in rhyme, and a new look by Rayevsky. His foxes, bears, lions and other animals appear in medieval and Shakespearean capes, jerkins and plumed hats, all in deep reds, subtle browns and greens. The verses are not always successful, often indulging in inverted syntax to rhyme, and uneven metrics. But phrasing is often clever, and humor is everywhere. In true Aesopian fashion, the morals are soundly thumped at the end: mouse and lion awkwardly learn, ``Yes, sometimes the weak and sometimes the strong/ Must help each other to save right from wrong.'' The boy who cried wolf is more snappily told, ``Please learn your lesson/ Young man and beware:/ Never cry `Wolf!'/ When the wolf isn't there.'' Ages 4-7. (September)
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