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Book Name: Fables

Author: Arnold Lobel

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Overall Rating: (4.4/5) View all reviews (total 5 reviews)
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Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children's books, including the classic I Can Read books about Frog and Toad, and the Caldecott Medal winningFables.

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WELL WRITTEN LITTLE COLLECTION - WONDERFUL ILLUSTRATIONS

by D. Blankenship
(5/5)

This is a collection of twenty short, simply written fables. Each is crafted to make a moral point, The author is droll and funny. Children can read this one or have it read to them and actually get the point. The adult reading the book can enjoy the tongue-in-cheek humor. Both adult and child can enjoy the wonderful illustrations. Now you might take note here. I suspect that those adults that take themselves too seriously may not appreciate this work as much as those that do not. The points the story makes could make some uncomfortable as it does point out the foibles that many of us have. I really did not have that problems as I am well aware of my flaws and certainly do not take myself all that seriously. This is a great book to read to the kids and certainly leaves room for much discussion.


Tongue in Cheek Animal Fables with Beautiful Illustrations

by Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!"
(4/5)

This book won the Caldecott Medal for the best illustrated children's book of 1981. The book contains twenty one-page fables, facing a one page illustration of the key moment in each fable. The illustrations bring the morals of these tales to life in ways that will keep your children laughing. That will make the lessons more memorable, as well as more entertaining.The fables are uneven in the relevance and importance of their messages. I graded the book down one star for the several fables that are more irreverent than relevant. You can obtain more benefit for your child if you selectively read the fables to emphasize the more important ones.For an example of a weaker one consider The Pelican and the Crane. This is a story about a crane who invites a pelican to tea. The pelican is horribly uncouth and messy. The pelican complains that "no one ever calls me." The moral is stated as "when one is a social failure, the reasons are as clear as day." The narrower moral is about being inconsiderate, but that is never quite spelled out. So even the weaker fables can be tightened up with a little parental explanation.I thought that the following stories were comparable in quality to Aesop's Fables:The Crocodile in the Bedroom ("Without a doubt, there is such a thing as too much order."; The Ducks and the Fox ("At times, a change of routine can be most healthful."); King Lion and the Beetle ("It is the high and mighty who have the longest distance to fall."); The Lobster and the Crab ("Even the taking of small risks will add excitement to life."); The Hen and the Apple Tree ("It is always difficult to pose as something one is not."); The Baboon's Umbrella ("Advice from friends is like the weather. Some of it is good; some of it is bad."); The Frogs at the Rainbow's End ("The biggest hopes may lead to the greatest disappointments."); The Camel Dancer ("Satisfaction will come to those who please themselves."); Madame Rhinoceros and Her Dress ("Nothing is harder to resist than a bit of flattery."); The Pig at the Candy Store ("A locked door is very likely to discourage temptation."); and The Mouse at the Seashore ("All the miles of hard road are worth a moment of true happiness.").In most cases, other lessons can be drawn from the same fables. I suggest that you and your child discuss what else you noticed in the stories. You can then add experiences that each of you have had during the day, and discuss the meaning of each.Remember that only those who wish to experience the most misery and injury themselves prefer to learn only from their own mistakes.Remember to look on the funny side of life's hard lessons!


Fables and animalia

by E. R. Bird "Ramseelbird"
(4/5)

I'm on an Arnold Lobel kick these days. Having breezed through the sweet, "A Treeful of Pigs", stopped to admire his treasury of nursery rhymes (two thumbs way way up on that one), and genuflected in the face of the eternally classic tales of Frog and Toad I'm actually getting around to reading his 1981 Caldecott winning picture book, "Fables". Lobel deserves every inch of praise he received for this admirable work. Imagine how difficult it must have been to create not one, not two, but twenty absolutely new fables filled to the brim with wit and wisdom! Not an easy task. Still, Lobel not only faced up to the challenge but also accomplished it in a manner best befitting the gentleman he truly was. These are fabulous fables.Each tale contained in this book is acted out by a variety of different animals. No two stories contain the same kind of animals (with the possible exception of one fable centering on a hen and another on a rooster). The stories are short and easy for youngsters to understand. They are usually followed up with little moral lessons along the lines of "At times, a change of routine can be most healthful" or "When the need is strong, there are those who will believe anything". Admittedly, these are half a step away from becoming fortune cookie messages. Still, there's no denying that each and every one is true. Sometimes they become particularly poignant. I am thinking of the story about a young mischievous kangaroo that would throw spitballs in school and put tacks on chairs. When his teacher went to his home to inform his parents of their son's terrible behavior, he found them throwing spitballs at one another and doing just the kinds of things the little one had done in school. Moral: "A child's conduct will reflect the ways of his parents". Truer than most would think.Accompanying these droll adventures are Lobel's very particular illustrations. As an artist, Lobel has given an entirely new level of sophistication to his creations. Though undeniably Lobellian (is that a word?) they're far more detailed than anything much his work before or since. In the story where a pig dreams of candies all night, the image on the opposite page displays a subtley shaded porcine character flying next to a gorgeous moon, a mélange of greens and yellows. Other delightful pictures include the one accompanying the story of two elephants. The pompous father elephant reads his paper, oblivious to the fact that his left slipper has caught fire from his pipe. Standing in front of him, eyes at half-mast (a look of singular disinterest on his face) a younger elephant gazes at the blaze serenely. Children familiar with Lobel's "Frog and Toad" books might be ever so slightly disturbed by the story in which three frogs run to find the treasures at the end of the rainbow. Not only do the jacketed amphibian get eaten by a snake, but they all look a heckuva lot like Frog from the aforementioned popular series. Things to consider.The tales told here are as well written and presented as an ancient Aesopian collection. I would greatly encourage you to pair this book with, "Anno's Aesop: A Book of Fables by Aesop and Mr. Fox". The books compliment one another and lead to similar sillinesses. If you've ever thought that you loved Lobel, think again. Until you've read this picture book you'll find you were completely in the dark regarding his real talents. A stunning accomplishment.


An unexpected treat: a fount of classic-style fables!

by Jay3fer "WriteKidsBooks dot org"
(4/5)

I picked up this book on sale at Value Village for 99 cents, and I'm so glad I did! I would happily pay full price for yet another book crammed with Lobel's dry wit and - as perfect counterpoint - his lively illustrations.As another reviewer has commented, his language is indeed formal and in fact sometimes a little stilted. If you've ever heard him read his own stories, you'll know how well that goes with the author's own voice: you can almost hear his smile, barely restrained, behind the pages.The stories themselves are perhaps a little beyond my almost-5-year-old, but we have adopted a philosophy of not talking down to her or insulting her intelligence with "baby" books. Anyway, she enjoys the challenge of trying to grasp the fables. Along the way, she's picking up a few classic "fable" paradigms (like when you meet a smiling fox, he is probably up to no good...).Even if they don't "get" the story or its moral the first time through (and kids LOVE morals, by the way, even if we grown-ups think of them as trite), the stories are each only one page long, and you can always go on to another one, and another. Like popcorn, or any other treat, with Arnold Lobel's fables, you can't read just one!


Original fables that children will love.

by R. D. Allison (dallison@biochem.med.ufl.edu)
(5/5)

This children's book consists of twenty original fables containing animal characters (just as in Aesop's fables) with a moral at the end of each: for example, "Knowledge will not always take the place of simple observation." The book won the 1981 Caldecott Medal for best illustration in a book for children.


by hirenR
(5/5)


by hirenR
(5/5)


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