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2013 The Tortoise and the Hare: An Aesop's Fable.  Aesop.  First printing.  Hardbound.  Glendale, CA: ABCMouse:  Age of Learning.  $7.99 from Amazon.com from Kaplan Toys, May, ‘15. 

Here is one of five books in a series I found together.  24 pages, with page 3 being the title-page.  The book is aimed at younger children.  It explains, for example, that a tortoise is a kind of turtle and a hare a kind of rabbit.  The story is generally traditional.  This hare stops to play and then deliberately "takes a nap," telling himself that he can catch up even if he falls asleep.  The final double-page spread may be the best illustration of the book.  The winded, sweating hare crosses the finish line while the tortoise looks on sipping a drink through a straw.  There are two pages of glossary at the back of this very sturdy book.

2012 The Boy Who Cried Wolf.  Aesop.  First printing.  Hardbound.  Glendale, CA: ABCMouse:  Age of Learning.  $7.99 from Amazon.com from Kaplan Toys, May, '15.

Here is one of five books in a series I found together.  24 pages, with page 3 being the title-page.  The book is aimed at younger children.  In this version, the boy tries his trick again the next day and another time a few days later.  The story is traditional.  The author pauses to teach readers that they should never yell for help when they do not need it.  Two illustrations stand out.  The first confronts a reader on the first page: the boy laughs deliriously pounding his fist on the ground.  The illustrator enjoys drawing lines of motion for an action like that of the boy's arm as he pounds the ground.  This first illustration turns out to be a detail from the larger two-page spread on 12-13.  The other dramatic illustration follows immediately: a large, toothy black wolf terrorizes the boy and the herd (14-15).  The wolf carries several sheep in each arm as he moves off triumphant and unopposed.  There are two pages of glossary at the back of this very sturdy book.

2012 The Grasshopper and the Ants.  Aesop.  NA.  First printing.  Dust-jacket.  Hardbound.  Glendale, CA: ABCMouse:  Age of Learning.  $7.99 from Amazon.com from Kaplan Toys, May, ‘15.  

Here is one of five books in a series I found together.  30 pages, with page 3 being the title-page.  The book is aimed at younger children.  Throughout both spring and summer, the grasshopper does nothing but eat, sleep, and play.  He gets fat and fatter.  In spring, summer, and fall, he hears the same from the ants he encounters: "It's going to be a long winter, with lots of snow."  By the end of winter, this grasshopper learns to prepare for the future.  The cover picture of the grasshopper slumbering in a hammock helps tell the story.  It is repeated on 12.  There are two pages of glossary at the back of this very sturdy book.

2012 The Fox and the Stork.  Aesop.  First printing.  Hardbound.  Glendale, CA: ABCMouse:  Age of Learning.  $7.99 from Amazon.com from Kaplan Toys, May, ‘15.

Here is one of five books in a series I found together.  25 pages, with page 5 being the title-page.  The book is aimed at younger children.  Is pouring a cup of tea (cover and title-page) or offering a glass of milk (front endpaper and 11) really part of this story?  The former fits in in the end, since it seems that the fox has learned his lesson, that "A mean trick will be repaid."  Apparently now the two characters are reconciled and can enjoy tea together out on the lawn.  This fox is a natty male, while the stork has a large ribbon around her feathered head.  There are two pages of glossary at the back of this very sturdy book.

2012 The Lion and the Mouse.  Aesop.  First printing.  Hardbound.  Glendale, CA: ABCMouse:  Age of Learning.  $7.99 from Amazon.com from Kaplan Toys, May, ‘15.  

Here is one of five books in a series I found together.  25 pages, with page 5 being the title-page.  The book is aimed at younger children.  In this version, the caught mouse is the last of a group that scrambled over the lion on the way home.  This lion pities the mouse.  There is neither laughter nor an offer by the mouse to do something in return.  This version is careful to place the trap that catches the lion near the mouse's home.  The most expressive piece of art shows the panic of the mouse just pounced upon by the lion's paw (12-13).  The mouse's gnawing work is also well depicted (20-21).  There are two pages of glossary at the back of this very sturdy book.

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