Aesop's Fables by Beverley Naidoo

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A little mouse saves the life of a great lion; hungry Grasshopper, too lazy to store food, gets no mercy from the industrious ants; crafty Jackal tricks Klipspringer to escape death - but is himself tricked by the cock and the dog?. Here are 16 of Aesop's wise, witty and timeless fables, portrayed for the first time in an African setting. This is an exciting new interpretation of one of the world's great classics. This unique story collection is vividly illustrated by Beverley Naidoo's fellow South African Piet Grobler, an internationally acclaimed illustrator. The two have previously collaborated on The Great Tug of War for Frances Lincoln

 

About Beverley Naidoo

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Beverley Naidoo was born in South Africa, grew up under apartheid and was arrested for taking part in the resistance movement. In 1965 she came to England. Her first book, Journey to Jo'burg, won The Other Award in Britain. For her book Chain of Fire she had to rely on reports and photos smuggled out of South Africa. The Other Side of Truth won her the Carnegie Medal. She lives in Bournemouth. Piet Grobler grew up in South Africa and has degrees in Theology, Journalism, and a Masters degree in Fine Art. Among his many illustration awards are a bronze plaque at the Biennale, Bratislava, the Octogone de Chêne (France), Primo Alpi Apuane (Italy), Noma Concours (Japan) and the IBBY Honour List in 2001 and 2006. He illustrated Beverley Naidoo's The Great Tug of War for Frances Lincoln, as well as Fussy Freya by Katherine Quarmby and All the Wild Wonders, edited by Wendy Cooling. He lives in Malvern, Worcestershire.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Frances Lincoln Children's Bks. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Wearing a deliberate African patina, this refreshing collection of 16 Aesop fables takes place in the South African veld, giving these timeless moral tales a visual and verbal facelift.

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In her introduction, Naidoo (who collaborated with Grobler on The Great Tug of War) points out that Aesop’s fables are closer to African folktales than to European fairy stories. She believes that lit

Oct 03 2011 | Read Full Review of Aesop's Fables

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Under the great umbrella of Aesop’s name come three new variations in the form of a pop-up book of classic tales, a vibrantly illustrated anthology setting the less familiar fables in Africa, and a new picture-book version of “The Lion and the Mouse.” All three remind us how skillfully these stor...

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In her introduction, Naidoo (who collaborated with Grobler on The Great Tug of War) points out that Aesop’s fables are closer to African folktales than to European fairy stories.

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Publishers Weekly

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In her introduction, Naidoo (who collaborated with Grobler on The Great Tug of War) points out that Aesop’s fables are closer to African folktales than to European fairy stories. She believes that lit

Oct 03 2011 | Read Full Review of Aesop's Fables

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