Aesop's Fables by Brad Sneed

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Brad Sneed brings his zany and creative talents to the world of Aesop. In his signature style of tricky perspectives, amusing exaggerations, and rich, delicate watercolors, his animal characters are beautifully realistic and yet humorously human, as they mimic a wide range of human feelings . . . and foibles.

The stories of Aesop have been told and retold over the centuries; in his lively adaptation Brad Sneed updates the language and infuses these fifteen stories with a sense of humor that children will enthusiastically enjoy. And once again, as in his popular alphabet book Picture a Letter, Brad has included a wordless bonus for sharp-eyed readers of all ages-a sixteenth tale told only in pictures is hidden somewhere between the covers.

 

About Brad Sneed

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Brad Sneed is the popular illustrator of many picture books for children, including "Deputy Harvey and the Ant Cow Caper", which received a starred review; "Grandpa's Song; I Heard Said the Bird; Thumbelina"; and "Aesop's Fables." He lives with his wife, Dena, and their daughter in Prairie Village, Kansas. You can visit him on the internet at www.BradSneed.com. Though many modern scholars dispute his existence, Aesop's life was chronicled by first century Greek historians who wrote that Aesop, or Aethiop, was born into Greek slavery in 620 B.C. Freed because of his wit and wisdom, Aesop supposedly traveled throughout Greece and was employed at various times by the governments of Athens and Corinth. Some of Aesop's most recognized fables are The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Grapes, and The Ant and the Grasshopper. His simple but effective morals are widely used and illustrated for children.
 
Published September 29, 2003 by Dial. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Sneed mixes such usual suspects as "Town Mouse and the Country Mouse," "Ant and the Grasshopper," and "Belling the Cat" with less-familiar tales of creatures canny or otherwise, such as "The Tortoise and the Eagle" and "The Caged Bird and the Bat."

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Sneed mixes such usual suspects as “Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,” “Ant and the Grasshopper,” and “Belling the Cat” with less-familiar tales of creatures canny or otherwise, such as “The Tortoise and the Eagle” and “The Caged Bird and the Bat.” He renders each in a breezy vernacular—“Listen u...

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A wordless rendition of "The Tortoise and the Hare" on covers, endpapers, and title spread surrounds 15 more retold fables, with morals appended.

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Up-close-and-personal caricatures of anthropomorphic animals dominate Sneed's (Sorry ; Picture a Letter ) volume of fables,

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As the fox grins obsequiously, the crow succumbs ("Flatterers are not to be trusted") and the fox's chicanery is rewarded: "But he had a mouthful of cheese!"

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Up-close-and-personal caricatures of anthropomorphic animals dominate Sneed's (Sorry ; Picture a Letter ) volume of fables,

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