Sunday, January 25, 2009

Eric Carle's Fables

Another of Z's Christmas gifts was the very attractive The Rabbit and the Turtle by Eric Carle. This book retells eleven of Aesop's fables with a single page of story and an accompanying page of illustration. At the end of each story is the moral.

This is an easily accessible version of Aesop's Fables for preschoolers and older children. My favorite fable is "The Fox and The Crow". The crow is eating and not sharing and Mrs. Fox and her son use the crow's vanity to get him to drop the food. The moral -- Common sense is greater than beauty. Z's favorite fable is "The Lion and the Mouse". The lion spares the mouse's life and later is able to repay the favor when the lion is robbed and tied to a tree. The moral of this fable -- Friends come in all sizes and shapes.

Eric Carle will turn 80 on June 25th of this year.

Sharing tales of friendship and cunning,
K and Z

Buy The Rabbit And The Turtle on Amazon or find it at your local library.

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