Aesop's 1st Book of Childhood Adventures: Aesop's fables and other short stories

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Aesop
Mastro, Vincent A
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2012
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The first in an apparently extended series of booklets containing three fables each. Part of the fun here is that Aesop is a small raccoon who is adventuring out into the world and witnesses various adventures. Those adventures turn out to be traditional Aesopic fables, here the three pictured on the booklet's cover: TH, TB, and CP. Young Aesop has just asked his Nana why something happens -- and just heard that one sometimes needs to go find the answer for oneself -- when he goes out and runs into his friends, the tortoise, the hare, the fox, and two mice. The simple colored pictures are nicely interspersed with a version of the traditional story that is well thought through. Through the preparations, Aesop is worried that the race is too long for the tortoise, and he does not want the tortoise to lose. Hare dawdles laughing at the tortoise before starting to run. The tortoise tells Aesop that he has something that the hare does not have. The hare here falls asleep looking for four-leaf clovers. Aesop learns that bragging can hurt people and that anything is possible with perseverance. The second episode begins similarly. Out in the forest he hears two boys and climbs a tree to hide from them. One boy is teasing another about being unable to reach the leaves on a tree. Aesop yells to the boys to play dead when a brown bear rushes out from the forest. The short boy asks the friend to pull him up into the tree but his friend ignores him and climbs higher. Here Aesop tells Nana that a good friend will always be there when you need them (24-25). Little Aesop's venture out of the house the third time brings him to a picnic table with a pitcher of water. His friend the crow figures out how to get the water he craves. A confused Aesop learns from the crow's clever solution to his problem. Aesop even helps throw pebbles into the pitcher. Most problems can be fixed with a little hard work (36). I look forward to the next two booklets, already ordered, and the succeeding members of the series.
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