Saturday, August 25, 2018

Unwitting Wisdom: An Anthology of Aesop's Fables

Unwitting Wisdom: An Anthology of Aesop's Fables 

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 7
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1st Edition edition (July 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811844501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811844505

For over 2,500 years the simple stories and wry humor of Aesop's fables have entertained children and adults alike. Their lessons have seeped into the very fabric of our language, as evidenced by expressions such as "sour grapes" and "a wolf in sheep's clothing." 
Through the centuries many artists have risen to the challenge of interpreting their favorite tales. In this magnificent edition, award-winning illustrator Helen Ward has chosen a dozen of her favorite fables, painstakingly creating with words and breathtaking watercolors a dazzling new collection destined to become a classic.

My Thoughts

I have read lots of Aesop's Fables, a collection of fables credited to Aesop (620-560 BC) and this over-sized hardcover copy I have of Helen Ward's is one of my favorites. 

Helen Ward was born in Gloucestershire and studied Illustration at Brighton Polytechnic graduating with a BA Honours Degree. While still in college, she was awarded a prize for Children’s Illustration by Walker Books. 

If you are familiar with this blog, you know that I adore anthropomorphic animals and Helen's illustrations are among my very favorites. 

Helen chose a dozen of her favorite fables to create this breathtaking collection and the animals' in these timeless fables will delight youth as well as adults.

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