AESOP AND COMPANY by Barbara Bader

AESOP AND COMPANY

with Scenes from his Legendary Life
edited by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The author of American Picturebooks from Noah's Ark to the Beast Within (1976), who is also a former editor of Kirkus, presents a selection from one of children's literature's most enduring sources--19 fables in succinct versions based on ancient texts. Her introduction--a history of the stories--includes a substantial amount of meaty information, yet could be read with interest by older children; she describes her concluding ``Life of Aesop'' as legend, having been accepted (in the absence of hard facts) as truth ``for centuries.'' Geisert, an etcher responsible for several elegant, comical wordless books (Pigs from A to Z, 1986), contributes carefully structured prints whose quiet style is a particularly good choice for this spare text. Setting them in his hometown--Galena, Illinois--he provides pleasing combinations of vignettes, frames, and larger illustrations and populates the rural landscape with lively creatures and overalled farmers. Minor cavil: a ``half-filled'' glass pitcher is shown with so little water in it that it is inconsistent with its later appearance, after the crow has added pebbles in order to get a drink. Still, an unusually attractive edition; Bader's informative additions are especially valuable. (Folklore. 5-11)

Pub Date: Nov. 25th, 1991
ISBN: 0-395-50597-6
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1991




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