A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Introduces kids to classic fables.
Slow and steady wins the race.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this collection of Aesop fables, as retold and illustrated by Eric Carle, is entertaining, beautiful, and packed with classic stories with great lessons. The story of the rabbit and the turtle doesn't appear until halfway through, after such fables as "The Lion and the Mouse," "The Wolf and the Dog," "The Fox and the Crane," and so on. Older readers will remember them all, and younger readers will enjoy getting acquainted.
Is It Any Good?
Bright colors and cleverly detailed collages bring the fables alive, and anyone familiar with the work of Eric Carle will recognize his artwork at once.
Aesop's fables have been around for centuries, and most readers have heard various versions of them all, especially the one about the turtle racing the hare. By choosing it as the title of his book, and changing it to THE RABBIT AND THE TURTLE, Eric Carle welcomes the reader into his collection and gives it a comfortably modern tone that echoes throughout the book, not only in the storytelling but in the vivid tissue paper collages that fill the pages.
As in the original version, each story is told in a single page, with a moral tagging along at the end. The language is the language of a storyteller, sophisticated enough to be dramatic and charming, yet easy enough to keep any reader interested. With his signature cut-and-layered hand-painted tissue paper, he has created colorfully intriguing scenes that fill the page opposite each story, capturing the essence of the fable. Each one is a joy to look at as the listener lets the lesson of each tale sink in.
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