Monday, June 25, 2012

Classic Monday: Aesop's Fables by Aesop

650 B.C.
306 pages

As legend has it, the storyteller Aesop was a slave who lived in ancient Greece during the sixth century B.C. His memorable, recountable fables have brought amusing characters to life and driven home thought-provoking morals for generations of listeners and modern-day readers. Translated into countless languages and familiar to people around the world, Aesop’s fables never tarnish despite being told again and again. Populated by a colorful array of animal characters who personify every imaginable human type from fiddling grasshoppers and diligent ants to sly foxes, wicked wolves, brave mice, and grateful lions;these timeless tales are as fresh and relevant today as when they were first created. Full of humor, insight, and wit, the tales in Aesop's Fables champion the value of hard work and perseverance, compassion for others, and honesty. They are age-old wisdom in a delicious form, for the consumption of adults and children alike.

I remember loving Aesop's fables as a child. They were funny and interesting but you also learned something at the end too. Most of us have heard an Aesop fable from time to time, whether it be a goose laying a golden egg or a tortoise beating a hare in a race. Regardless this collection holds a blend of tales that will entertain the imagination while leaving an important message behind as well.


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