Bedtime Stories for Children: Aesop's Fables: Illustrated Fables for Kids
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Vinci, Elijah Da
Here is an 8" x 10" softbound print-upon-demand book of 116 numbered fables on 147 pages for reading to young children. The cover is a colorful, simple rendition of TH. The illustrations inside are simple, black-and-white, computer generated, and full-page. I count ten of them. The beginning T of C includes the number of each fable as well as its page. It may be a comment on our present situation that the first element after statements of rights and a "legal notice" is a disclaimer. The first word about Aesop is that we do not know his last name. The introduction goes on to some generalized statements about whether Aesop created many of these stories and why they were sometimes written in complex language. The introduction acknowledges Laura Gibbs as "a known author who has successfully been able to translate Aesop's fables into a children's guide" (11). I myself was surprised that, when we come to fables, the first fable told is an anecdote of Aesop talking with ferrymen. The morals tend to run to several sentences.