Title: Aesop’s Fables Author: n/a Illustrator: Fulvio Testa Publisher: New York; Barron’s
Genre: Traditional Literature Level: Beginner Number of pages: 42 Pub. Date: 1989
A collection of Aesop’s Fables although not all of them. These stories all end with a moral that is important for young children to learn. Furthermore, the main characters of these fables are animals.
This is the stereotypical fable. Each one is told using animals who learn a lesson that is then transferred to the reader. All of these stories would be good to read out loud and the illustrations each show a scene from the story helping with understanding. Finally, many of these stories show that brains are more important than brawn and the clever animals are usually the successful ones.
My favorite of this collection was The Fox and the Grapes because I had never heard it before and now I know that it is where the expression sour grapes comes from. I noticed many common phrases in the English Language come from these stories, which is something I hadn’t noticed when I was a young child. Also although some of these stories were familiar many of them weren’t which made me wonder why some are more popular than others. My guess is that some of them had clearer than others but I’m not sure.
After: Students will write their own fable.
The Girl and the Final
There once was a college girl who was adjusting to her new life. She had many friends and was invited on many outings. Even though she knew she had finals coming up she didn’t worry. “What’s better than an active social life?” She thought to herself. Then the weekend before finals hit. All of her friends invited her to go to a wonderful party. But she had to much studying to do. “I can’t” She had to tell them all “ I have to much to do.” So instead of enjoying her time with her friends before the summer, the students had to spend all night in the library miserable. But she learned an important lesson, Procrastination is never the right option.