Aesop's Fables
Author: Ryo Kisaka
Illustrator: Nana Furiya
Specifications: ISBN  978-4906195602
36 pages
23.0 x 21.2 cm / 9.2 x 8.5 in (WxH)
Category: Children & YA
Ages: 5+
Publisher: Guranmama Sha
Tokyo, 2009
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Retelling some of the best-known fables of Aesop?The Fox and the Stork, The Tortoise and the Hare, The North Wind and the Sun, The Fox and the Crow, etc.?this picture book presents nine tales in all. Each is spread across four pages, with a monochromatic scratch drawing on the first page followed by full-color illustrations on the next three. Author Ryo Kisaka, a poet distinguished for her gentle use of language, offers text highly suited to reading aloud; her simple words reveal the depths of the stories without overtly stating the morals. Illustrator Nana Furiya offers a bold take on the tales with humorously deformed characters rich with expression. The fox featured on the cover and in both the stork and crow stories is treated as the same character, wearing a frilly collar and a polka-dot jacket, providing a sense of continuity across the pages. Melding together in perfect harmony, the text and illustrations bring a breath of fresh air to these classic favorites.