Illustrated by two-time Caldecott Honor winner Pamela Zagarenski, this is the only picture book not only tells the story of Aesop but includes his most child-friendly fables.
★ “Lovely art comes with unusual perspectives on familiar tales about lions, mice and trickster foxes.” —Kirkus, starred review
“Many children are familiar with Aesop’s fables but it is a fair bet that few know much about the storyteller himself…(a) beautiful volume.” —Wall Street Journal
Honoring the path of a slave, this dramatic picture-book biography and concise anthology of Aesop’s most child-friendly fables tells how a child born into slavery in ancient Greece found a way to speak out against injustice by using the skill and wit of his storytelling—storytelling that has survived for 2,500 years. Stunningly illustrated by two-time Caldecott Honor winner Pamela Zagarenski.
The Tortoise and the Hare. The Boy Who Cried Wolf. The Fox and the Crow. Each of Aesop’s stories has a lesson to tell, but Aesop’s life story is perhaps the most inspiring tale of them all.
Gracefully revealing the genesis of his tales, this story of Aesop shows how fables not only liberated him from captivity but spread wisdom over a millennium. This is the only children’s book biography about him.
Includes thirteen illustrated fables: The Lion and the Mouse, The Goose and the Golden Egg, The Fox and the Crow, Town Mouse and Country Mouse, The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Dog and the Wolf, The Lion and the Statue, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The North Wind and the Sun, The Fox and the Grapes, The Dog and the Wolf, The Lion and the Boar.
"Many children are familiar with Aesop’s fables, but it is a fair bet that few know much about the storyteller himself.... Pamela Zagarenski’s luminous, slightly distempered artwork brings richness and delicacy to this beautiful volume."—Wall Street Journal
★ "Lovely art comes with unusual perspectives on familiar tales about lions, mice, and trickster foxes." —Kirkus, STARRED review
"Zagarenski’s fantastical illustrations, rendered in blues and golden tones, are full of charming incongruities finely detailed." —Publishers Weekly
"Lendler gives depth to a collection of Aesop’s fables by incorporating them into the story of their teller’s life.... [L]avishly illustrated."—The Horn Book
"Exquisitely beautiful."—Elizabeth Bird, Fuse #8
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