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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Complete Fables of La Fontaine (Poetry/Fables)

Released November 2008

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Suitable to child and adult, Craig Hill's translation of Jean de La Fontaine's poetic fables captures both the fables and witty morals set forth with each tale. Children may miss the author poking fun at society, but they will enjoy the fables themselves.

Many of the fables set forth in La Fontaine's complete collection will seem familiar. Remember the crow and the fox? The fox used flattery to get the crow to drop the cheese teaching that vanity is not always a good thing. Other tales include the Tortoise and the Hare or the Lion and the Mouse. Children will relate to these and many other fables, but all are told in a poetic format that makes them fresh and vibrant.

THE COMPLETE FABLES OF LA FONTAINE provide pen and ink illustrations by Edward Sorel, but the majority of the book is simply words on paper making them best for bedtime reading. Parents will want to read the book for themselves and enjoy the pokes at society of that time period, and children will simply love having mom or dad share a story or two before lights go out for the night.

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