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The Ant and the Grasshopper The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing The Jackdaw and the Pigeons The Belly and the Members The Lion and the Four Bulls The Goatherd and the She-Goat The Fox and the Stork The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse The Cock and the Jewel The Serpent and the Man The Travelers and the Plane Tree The Eagle and the Arrow The Two Crabs The Fox and the Woodman The Lark and Her Young Ones The Wolf and the Watchdog The Dog and His Shadow The Old Man, His Son and the Ass The Fox and the Lion The Leopard and the Fox Minerva's Olive The Countryman and the Snake The Wolf and the Kid "The Young Mouse, the Cock and the Cat" The Vain Jackdaw Belling the Cat The Covetous Man The One-Eyed Doe The Cock and the Fox The Hare and the Tortoise Jupiter's Two Wallets The Stag Looking into the Pool The Old Woman and the Doctor The Gnat and the Bull The Boy and the Figs Socrates and His Friends The Wolf and the Ass The Crow and the Pitcher The Mule Laden with Corn and the Mule Laden with Gold The Fox and the Goat The Kid and the Wolf The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg Mercury and the Woodman The Wolf and the Crane The Boys and the Frogs The Hare and the Hound The Ape and the Dolphin The Goat and the Lion The Ploughman and Fortune The Fox and the Ass The Cats and the Mice The Peacock and the Crane The Man and the Lion The Old Hound The Two Travelers The Ass and the Little Dog The Fox and the Grapes The Fox in the Well The Boy Who Cried Wolf The Hart and the Vine The Sow and the Wolf The Frog and the Ox The Lion and the Mouse The Stag and the Fawn The Hen and the Fox The Farmer and the Eagle The Dove and the Ant The Mischievouse Dog The Ass Laden with Salt and with Sponges The Goatherd and the Goats The Farmer and His Sons The Horse and the Lion "The Ass, the Lion and the Cock" "The Lion, the Tiger and the Fox" The Fortune-Teller The Oak and the Reeds The Fox and the Mask The Sick Lion Hercules and the Wagoner The Travelers and the Bear The Falconer and the Partridge The Wind and the Sun The Lion, the Fox, and the Ass The Fox and the Crow The Wanton Calf The Old Man and His Sons The Satyr and the Traveler The Maid and the Pail of Milk The Frogs Asking for a King The Farmer and The Stork The Dog in the Manger The Boasting Traveler

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Gr 2-5-- Over the years, so many versions of these fables accredited to Aesop have been produced that it takes something special to set a new one apart from the pack. Hejduk's stylized paintings are in many ways remarkable, but not enough so to make this latest volume a standout. Based on Jacobs's classic 1894 collection, the text of these 14 fables retains much of his formal language and impersonal approach. This formality is in contrast to the relaxed, almost primeval quality of the artwork. Executed in tempera, the paintings are reminiscent of petroglyphs and Central American molas; each illustrates a complete fable and subtly conveys action through the positioning of the flat figures. But as innovative as these paintings are, the odd choice of color and lack of detail are more likely to appeal to adults. --Denise Anton Wright, Library Book Selection Service, Inc., Bloomington, IL

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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