Reviews for Aesop's Fables


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1995
Seventeen fables, including some less familiar ones, appear in red type on large white pages, accompanied by energetic pencil drawings of animals and a few humans. The illustrations, which continue on each following page, form a long parade of animals, enticing readers to turn the pages to observe the connections. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 1994 December #1
In her first book, German artist Durr uses pencil and charcoal to illustrate a particularly imaginative selection of 17 classic fables. Although many entries are familiar, Thuswaldner makes room for more unusual choices. In ``A Dress for the Moon,'' for example, the moon's mother complains of the moon's ever-changing size, which makes her ``the despair of the very best of dressmakers!'' The retellings are graceful and, true to Aesop, do not tack on any aphoristic morals. With its sophisticated design, however, the volume lacks child appeal. Sketchy and airy, the art is more conceptual than purely narrative; the duotone presentation may obscure the visual transitions between many of the spreads. Color remains the province of the type, printed in a distractingly bright, tomato red that seems almost to vibrate against the stark white paper. All ages. (Dec.) Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 1995 February
K-Gr 4?A volume that is imbued with a decidedly European sensibility. The 17 selections range from the familiar?``The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse''?to those that rarely find their way into American anthologies, e.g., ``The Empty Head'' and ``A Dress for the Moon.'' The fables are retold in a matter-of-fact style and are illustrated with large-scale pencil drawings. Durr is adept at depicting animals' forms, but her humans are slightly awkward. Also, in spite of some endearing scenes?e.g., a full-front closeup of the tortoise heading over the finish line?all of the characters remain objectified and distant. Perhaps the most disturbing quality of the art is that there is no moisture, sparkle, or sign of life within the creatures' eyes. With so many Aesop collections available, the need for this one is limited.?Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State University, Normal

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