by Aesop Aesop
Category: Fiction / Literary
96 pages; ISBN: ISBN: 0877017808
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Judith Woolcock Colombo
Aesop like his counterparts, Homer, Uncle Remus, and Lao Tzu may not have actually existed. Legend has it that he may have been a Thracian or Phrygian slave who lived around 620-520BC. Whether Aesop existed or not is not of great importance. What is important is the marvelous collection of fables that bears his name. Fables like fairytales are timeless stories that span all ages and culture because they speak to the part of us that is essentially human and is not bound by racial, cultural, or national differences.
Aesop’s stories are beautiful tales that use animals endowed with all the faults and virtues of humans to illustrate a point. Each story like the famous The Hare and The Tortoise teaches an ethical lesson. Stories such as The Lion in Love, The Lioness and The Fox, and The Fighting Cocks and The Eagle teach the value of pure love over obsession, quality over quantity, and wisdom and generosity when dealing with an enemy.
Although written for adults, as most fairytales were, these anecdotes make wonderful bedtime stories for children because they are short and simple. Most modern collections of Aesop Fables are beautifully illustrated with pictures that will enchant the imagination.
Aesop’s Fables is a wonderful addition to anyone’s library and make a wonderful Christmas present.