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According to Herodotus, Aesop was a slave who lived in Samos in the 6th century B.C. His moral animal fables have delighted young and old for centuries. This fabulous full-color edition of the classic Aesop features the original illustrations of Milo Winter. This unique collection features 126 of the best-loved fables, including such favorites as "The Town Mouse and the Co According to Herodotus, Aesop was a slave who lived in Samos in the 6th century B.C. His moral animal fables have delighted young and old for centuries. This fabulous full-color edition of the classic Aesop features the original illustrations of Milo Winter. This unique collection features 126 of the best-loved fables, including such favorites as "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse," "The Ants and the Grasshopper," "The Goose and the Golden Egg," "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing," and "The Hare and the Tortoise" and all their wonderful and amusing animal characters. Now, with THE AESOP FOR CHILDREN, a whole new generation can appreciate and enjoy these whimsical tales. 9 1/2" x 11 3/4". Ages 6-10


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According to Herodotus, Aesop was a slave who lived in Samos in the 6th century B.C. His moral animal fables have delighted young and old for centuries. This fabulous full-color edition of the classic Aesop features the original illustrations of Milo Winter. This unique collection features 126 of the best-loved fables, including such favorites as "The Town Mouse and the Co According to Herodotus, Aesop was a slave who lived in Samos in the 6th century B.C. His moral animal fables have delighted young and old for centuries. This fabulous full-color edition of the classic Aesop features the original illustrations of Milo Winter. This unique collection features 126 of the best-loved fables, including such favorites as "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse," "The Ants and the Grasshopper," "The Goose and the Golden Egg," "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing," and "The Hare and the Tortoise" and all their wonderful and amusing animal characters. Now, with THE AESOP FOR CHILDREN, a whole new generation can appreciate and enjoy these whimsical tales. 9 1/2" x 11 3/4". Ages 6-10

30 review for The Aesop for Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robin Hobb

    Aesop's Fables should be a part of every child's cultural education. It isn't just that the simple stories each convey a 'moral' or lesson. It's that throughout the reader's life, one will encounter references to these stories. "Don't be a dog in the manger." "Sour grapes!" "He took the lion's share." "She's blowing hot and cold on this topic." "He's a wolf in sheep's clothing." If you get the full nuances of any of those, chances are you were exposed to Aesop's Fables. And if you don't, it's n Aesop's Fables should be a part of every child's cultural education. It isn't just that the simple stories each convey a 'moral' or lesson. It's that throughout the reader's life, one will encounter references to these stories. "Don't be a dog in the manger." "Sour grapes!" "He took the lion's share." "She's blowing hot and cold on this topic." "He's a wolf in sheep's clothing." If you get the full nuances of any of those, chances are you were exposed to Aesop's Fables. And if you don't, it's never too late to enjoy them.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy Meyers

    Delightful read-aloud version for children, or perfect for grades 2-5 elementary for homeschool lit. The illustrations are beautifully done.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    Continuing my Aesop project, I recently picked up a copy of Milo Winter's classic collection, originally published in 1919. With 146 fables, and at least one color illustration per page, The Aesop for Children has long been the edition against which all others are judged. Part of the so-called "golden age" of children's illustration, Winter worked on many children's classics in the early years of the twentieth century, but it is primarily this book for which he is remembered. The reader will enco Continuing my Aesop project, I recently picked up a copy of Milo Winter's classic collection, originally published in 1919. With 146 fables, and at least one color illustration per page, The Aesop for Children has long been the edition against which all others are judged. Part of the so-called "golden age" of children's illustration, Winter worked on many children's classics in the early years of the twentieth century, but it is primarily this book for which he is remembered. The reader will encounter many old favorites here, from The Fox and the Grapes to The Hare and the Tortoise, as well as many less well-known selections. The language is charming and old-fashioned, although the effect can be disconcerting. Winter seems inordinately fond of the adjective "miry" - I lost count of the number of "miry roads" encountered in his text - and uses "ass" (meaning donkey) frequently. His moral interpretation of the fables can also feel somewhat heavy-handed and dated. However that may be, the fables themselves are as entertaining as ever, and Winter's illustrations are the ideal complement for them. His animal depictions are simply marvelous - simultaneously realistic and emotionally expressive.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lauricia Dawn

    These are so clever and so rich. The life lessons taught in these short stories are GOLD.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    How do I love thee, Milo Winter? Let me count the ways. 1. The illustrations are fantastic. Almost every fable has a picture be it small or large enough to fill the page. 2. Excellent retelling of the fables. Not dumbed down in any way. The language is fairly challenging, but my 5 and 6 year olds understood it without difficulty. I did edit the word "a*s" and said donkey. While I have no problem with the word used in this context it just wasn't a word I wanted them repeating over and over again. A How do I love thee, Milo Winter? Let me count the ways. 1. The illustrations are fantastic. Almost every fable has a picture be it small or large enough to fill the page. 2. Excellent retelling of the fables. Not dumbed down in any way. The language is fairly challenging, but my 5 and 6 year olds understood it without difficulty. I did edit the word "a*s" and said donkey. While I have no problem with the word used in this context it just wasn't a word I wanted them repeating over and over again. At the beginning of the book I explained that "a*s" meant donkey, but that a lot of people used it as a bad word now and they were totally fine with it. 3. They BEGGED me to read it every day. We read 2 pages a day and loved every minute of it. 4. When we finished they wanted to start over again. 5. They loved it so much they wanted to buy it for all their cousins for Christmas. I looked through several different books of Aesop's Fables and I liked this one the best. Well worth your time to read these with your children. I'm looking forward to reading it with the last two kids.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rubina

    I have never ever read such badly written stories. Before a child can even understand the meaning of the story, a moral line is inserted. The punishment meted out for doing simple wrong things like talking out of turn etc - is death. For god's sake, how am I supposed to teach my child that death is not an answer for doing all wrong things in life? Definitely not for talking out of turn. Nope I am sticking to Hardy Boys with my boy. I have never ever read such badly written stories. Before a child can even understand the meaning of the story, a moral line is inserted. The punishment meted out for doing simple wrong things like talking out of turn etc - is death. For god's sake, how am I supposed to teach my child that death is not an answer for doing all wrong things in life? Definitely not for talking out of turn. Nope I am sticking to Hardy Boys with my boy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mickey Perkins

    Nice art, good stories. I liked it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Renee (LazyDayLit)

    We own a few different versions of this, ranging from easy picture books to the full compendium and have read many or most of these stories several times over this year!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    A nice collection of Aesop's fables suitable for reading to yourself or out loud. There's really not much else to say about this book, honestly. A nice collection of Aesop's fables suitable for reading to yourself or out loud. There's really not much else to say about this book, honestly.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Candice Adams

    After reading this collection of fables, I am really impressed with Aesop as an author and all of the stories. He brings meaning and a good lesson to each story he writes, from the tortoise and the hare, to the country mouse and the city mouse. I think this is a great book for all children to read because it frames important life lessons into simple stories for all ages to understand and enjoy. I loved reading all of stories and i would give this book to any child to read for fun or for learning After reading this collection of fables, I am really impressed with Aesop as an author and all of the stories. He brings meaning and a good lesson to each story he writes, from the tortoise and the hare, to the country mouse and the city mouse. I think this is a great book for all children to read because it frames important life lessons into simple stories for all ages to understand and enjoy. I loved reading all of stories and i would give this book to any child to read for fun or for learning a valuable lesson for life.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Chind

    --- I also now have a jacket-less hardcover that is beautiful from Dalmation Press. When I search the ISBN it comes up with a Mother Goose, so that is odd. I guess they reused it? This version that I have added has a fairy, a rose and some other animals on top, but it is also illustrated by Milo Winter. I'll try to remember to take a photo to upload, as I couldn't find one online when I searched. Newly added App from LOC with interactive features. --- I also now have a jacket-less hardcover that is beautiful from Dalmation Press. When I search the ISBN it comes up with a Mother Goose, so that is odd. I guess they reused it? This version that I have added has a fairy, a rose and some other animals on top, but it is also illustrated by Milo Winter. I'll try to remember to take a photo to upload, as I couldn't find one online when I searched. Newly added App from LOC with interactive features.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This is a classic collection of popular Aesop's Fables. Each fable has a moral at the end, which is a great starting point for discussion. This edition is beautifully illustrated by Milo Winter. Recommended for family reading time with children of all ages. This is a classic collection of popular Aesop's Fables. Each fable has a moral at the end, which is a great starting point for discussion. This edition is beautifully illustrated by Milo Winter. Recommended for family reading time with children of all ages.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Annaleigh

    I loved the illustrations in this book. My daughter used this book to learn how to narrate. My only problem is the given moral at the end. I usually just skipped it and allowed my child to make the connection herself.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I seriousy question the "interpretation" of the morals of some of the fables as presented in this book. I seriousy question the "interpretation" of the morals of some of the fables as presented in this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adri

    The aesop for children is by Milo Winter. This book is full of many stories that teach important lessons. My favorite Fable was the Milkmaid and Her Pail. It tells of a milkmaid that is carrying a milk pail on her head. As she is walking back from the field where she milked her cows, her mind is filled with thoughts of how she will be able to make a lot of butter that she is planning to take to the market and afterward buy some eggs and when the eggs have hatched and the chickens have grown she The aesop for children is by Milo Winter. This book is full of many stories that teach important lessons. My favorite Fable was the Milkmaid and Her Pail. It tells of a milkmaid that is carrying a milk pail on her head. As she is walking back from the field where she milked her cows, her mind is filled with thoughts of how she will be able to make a lot of butter that she is planning to take to the market and afterward buy some eggs and when the eggs have hatched and the chickens have grown she will sell them and buy a new dress and all the boys will love her. Soon after she thinks about it the pail falls from her head and spills all over the ground and all her pride is gone. the moral/theme of the story is don't count your chickens before they are hatched, just like she did in the storie where she planned so far ahead when she wasn't even sure that all the parts in her plan would work. Sometimes when you plan so far ahead you forget to focus on little details that matter a lot like when she didn't think about being careful and balancing the bucket. I like this story because it makes me think of the times when I have planned out something in the future and I didn't focus on the things I needed to do in the moment to accomplish that. The Fable I liked the least was called The Monkey and the Dolphin. In the story there is a Greek ship sailing toward Athens but before they reach the shore the ship was wrecked and the very friendly dolphins took the people on their backs to the shore. One of the dolphins sees a monkey, one of the pets that they took along and mistaking it for a human helps the monkey onto his back soon the dolphin realizes that he is carrying a monkey on his back after the monkey says some ridiculious lies that obviously proves that he can't be human to him and he gets the monkey off his back and swims back to sees some people that he can save. The moral/theme of the story is one falsehood leads to another. In the story, the monkey has to keep making up lies to cover up for other lies.I don't really like this story because I don't see why the dolphin didn't just give the monkey a ride all the way to the shore or had him ride with another human. Overall, I think that it was fun to read this book and liked the stories it told. I would recommend this to people who like good moral to stories or feel like you should get the consiquence that you deserve and like ending like that in stories. If you like long stories that end happy even if some of the characters get a conseguence that you feel they don't deserve then this book might not be for you.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Steven A.

    Probably some of the earliest short stories collected and currently read (from 620 – 564 BCE). While Aesop's Fables are credited to Aesop, no actual writings of Aesop have ever been found. Rather, like most other early short story collections, they were collected and compiled from stories told through the ages. This has led some to believe that Aesop never actually existed, but is rather a fictional character of ancient Greek lore. However some ancient Greek philosophers including Aristotle, Ari Probably some of the earliest short stories collected and currently read (from 620 – 564 BCE). While Aesop's Fables are credited to Aesop, no actual writings of Aesop have ever been found. Rather, like most other early short story collections, they were collected and compiled from stories told through the ages. This has led some to believe that Aesop never actually existed, but is rather a fictional character of ancient Greek lore. However some ancient Greek philosophers including Aristotle, Aristophanes, Sophocles, and Socrates made reference to him in some of their works. Scholars are still divided on who Aesop was and his origin. It is generally thought that he was a Greek slave, while others contend that he was a black man from Ethiopia - using many of his tales of a great variety of African animals and an African story telling style as evidence. My opinion leans more toward the Greek slave origin because many of his tales also refer to several Greek gods (Jupiter, Mercury, Hercules, and others), which I don’t suppose a traveling Ethiopian would be so familiar with. Aesop’s Fables use, primarily, a variety of animals and some plants or inanimate objects as symbols for both wise and foolish behaviors that relate quite directly to men and women. These stories are usually very short, simple, and thought provoking; still applicable today as they were in ancient times. I love Aesop’s Fables and the kind of thinking they lead us to.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    3 stars & 3/10 hearts. This is a good book of little proverbs that are funny, true, & interesting. There are references to Greek gods but they don’t show up very much, and there’s only a couple proverbs I don’t quite agree with. Otherwise, it’s a good read for children. :) A Favourite Quote: “And so they died, giving their lives for the sake of a taste of sweetness. Be not greedy for a little passing pleasure. It may destroy you.” A Favourite Humorous Quote: “A little Mole once said to his Mother: 3 stars & 3/10 hearts. This is a good book of little proverbs that are funny, true, & interesting. There are references to Greek gods but they don’t show up very much, and there’s only a couple proverbs I don’t quite agree with. Otherwise, it’s a good read for children. :) A Favourite Quote: “And so they died, giving their lives for the sake of a taste of sweetness. Be not greedy for a little passing pleasure. It may destroy you.” A Favourite Humorous Quote: “A little Mole once said to his Mother: ‘Why, Mother, you said I was blind! But I am sure I can see!’ “Mother Mole saw she would have to get such conceit out of his head. So she put a bit of frankincense before him and asked him to tell what it was. The little Mole peered at it. “‘Why, that's a pebble!’ “‘Well, my son, that proves you've lost your sense of smell as well as being blind.’”

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emmie

    My children really enjoyed reading and discussing The Aesop for Children. Many of the stories are familiar in some form or fashion, so hearing them again and discussing the moral or lesson and how it applies was really great for character development, especially as we compared them to Proverbs or other Scripture verses that backed up the point being made. There were even a couple of stories that we said, "Wait, what?" and realized the point was worldly wisdom and not Godly, like "The Lark and He My children really enjoyed reading and discussing The Aesop for Children. Many of the stories are familiar in some form or fashion, so hearing them again and discussing the moral or lesson and how it applies was really great for character development, especially as we compared them to Proverbs or other Scripture verses that backed up the point being made. There were even a couple of stories that we said, "Wait, what?" and realized the point was worldly wisdom and not Godly, like "The Lark and Her Young Ones." This copy of these fables also had beautiful drawings that enhanced the stories which the children enjoyed looking at as we read. On the whole, the family enjoyed reading this book together. 4.5 stars for this version of these tales.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aimee Fuhrman

    When it comes to being culturally literate, one cannot deny a child needs at least a passing knowledge of Aesop and his famous fables. An intimate familiarity with some of his more famous fables (such as The Tortoise and the Hare, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, and The Lion and the Mouse) is also advisable. This volume makes educating your child easy! The number of fables is extensive--all the famous ones, plus many you've never heard before. Each is written in Aesop's, nothing flowery or When it comes to being culturally literate, one cannot deny a child needs at least a passing knowledge of Aesop and his famous fables. An intimate familiarity with some of his more famous fables (such as The Tortoise and the Hare, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, and The Lion and the Mouse) is also advisable. This volume makes educating your child easy! The number of fables is extensive--all the famous ones, plus many you've never heard before. Each is written in Aesop's, nothing flowery or elaborate, just succinct stories that get straight to the point--the moral of each tale. The illustrations in this volume make listening to the fables more enjoyable for small children.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Bell

    Another read aloud with my 2 older kids. They did the reading and I listened. This is a great compilation of Aesop’s fables. Many stories included that my kids recognized right away, but for the most part ones that we had never heard before. I like how they are kept very simple and short and include a one line “moral of the story” at the end. These helped generate a lot of discussion between my kids and I, not just about the story, but how it would apply to their own lives. Illustrations are als Another read aloud with my 2 older kids. They did the reading and I listened. This is a great compilation of Aesop’s fables. Many stories included that my kids recognized right away, but for the most part ones that we had never heard before. I like how they are kept very simple and short and include a one line “moral of the story” at the end. These helped generate a lot of discussion between my kids and I, not just about the story, but how it would apply to their own lives. Illustrations are also great!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nino Sforza-Polo

    A Comfortable Read - Sharing Life's Lessons and Helps You To go Sleep I heard about these fables as a youngster but not all of them. Those fables that I was familiar with were charming and delightful. And, I was always curious about those fables that I missed. So, later in life I combined my wish to read something that needed completion, something light, something engaging, and something that might help me to go sleep. I was correct on all counts. I think you'll find the same. A Comfortable Read - Sharing Life's Lessons and Helps You To go Sleep I heard about these fables as a youngster but not all of them. Those fables that I was familiar with were charming and delightful. And, I was always curious about those fables that I missed. So, later in life I combined my wish to read something that needed completion, something light, something engaging, and something that might help me to go sleep. I was correct on all counts. I think you'll find the same.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    The kids LOVED this book. This was one of our "narration practice" books, since the stories were nice and short, and they were able to listen to an entire fable and then tell it back rather easily. Some of the stories were a little strange, even a bit unsavory. As a whole, though, it was good. We will probably re-read this soon. It's already been requested that this book stay in our morning basket and take another spin in our reading schedule. :-D The kids LOVED this book. This was one of our "narration practice" books, since the stories were nice and short, and they were able to listen to an entire fable and then tell it back rather easily. Some of the stories were a little strange, even a bit unsavory. As a whole, though, it was good. We will probably re-read this soon. It's already been requested that this book stay in our morning basket and take another spin in our reading schedule. :-D

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jane Reddish

    I read the other version in high school but I probably didn't finish it, so here I am trying to get "closure" with this book. Most stories here were featured in my elementary stories and I thought they were originally shared from local--Filipino--storytellers. Some stories are still unheard of, so I recommend this to kids and young at heart. P.S. I picked it at random for my 2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge. I read the other version in high school but I probably didn't finish it, so here I am trying to get "closure" with this book. Most stories here were featured in my elementary stories and I thought they were originally shared from local--Filipino--storytellers. Some stories are still unheard of, so I recommend this to kids and young at heart. P.S. I picked it at random for my 2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Love of Hopeless Causes

    Conflicting moral platitudes out of step with the current age. Leaving this for a child's solo perusal would be a disaster. IF you approach the fables WITH your child and have a philosophical talk, they might be useful as pointers, but taken as is-- this is a recipe for childhood neurosis and future adult misery. Art = B+ Conflicting moral platitudes out of step with the current age. Leaving this for a child's solo perusal would be a disaster. IF you approach the fables WITH your child and have a philosophical talk, they might be useful as pointers, but taken as is-- this is a recipe for childhood neurosis and future adult misery. Art = B+

  25. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    I love these short stories. It's a great way to teach morals to kids without shoving it down their throats. I never read the end sentence with the "moral of the story" cuz I wanted Gabe to figure it out for himself and he always did. I love these short stories. It's a great way to teach morals to kids without shoving it down their throats. I never read the end sentence with the "moral of the story" cuz I wanted Gabe to figure it out for himself and he always did.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Denalyn Rogers

    Stocked full of very brief (usually just a page) stories that hold great life lessons and values for kids. Some kids might think its boring, but this would be handy to pull out in the classroom if you just need a brief story to go with a lesson about pride, friendship, and other values.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    I had never heard Aesop's fables with the telling of Aesop's fables. Nothing exciting. Just words of wisdom. I had never heard Aesop's fables with the telling of Aesop's fables. Nothing exciting. Just words of wisdom.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Charity Yost Reed

    I'm not a fan of Aesop's fables (I know it sounds crazy), but if it's required reading, then this is the version I prefer. I'm not a fan of Aesop's fables (I know it sounds crazy), but if it's required reading, then this is the version I prefer.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    The morals are meh. But the stories are good.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    We begin oral narration here.

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