Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Ladybird Tuesday: A First Book of Aesop's Fables

I love Ladybird books, and I've been meaning to take part in Ladybird Tuesday at Being Mrs C for ages. Recently I cleared out Harry's bookshelves and shifted all the baby and toddler books into Mia's room. This left a huge space that was looking a bit sad, so I raided my own bookshelves and filled the gaps with the few Ladybird books that I have. I realised at this point that I need more in my life, so I'm going to start hunting them down in charity shops, and I decided to start writing about one that I purchased fairly recently - A First Book of Aesop's Fables.

Ladybird book Aesop's Fables


Like most Ladybird books, this one particularly stood out to me in the charity shop where I found it because of the illustrations. This book was published in 1974 and is part of series 740 - Classics. Aesop's Fables are a collection of tales attributed to Aesop, a slave and story teller who is believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BC. You can read more about Aesop and his fables here, they are basically a collection of short stories, each teaching a moral lesson.

Ladybird book Aesop's Fables


I was quite familiar with some of the fables, for example "The shepherd boy and the wolf" and "The goose that laid the golden eggs". Each story is very short, only a couple of pages long, with several illustrations and the moral clearly signposted at the end.

Ladybird book Aesop's Fables


The stories are very simply written, and would be a good starting point for discussion with a child about different moral issues. I'll definitely be reading them through with Harry, and it would also be a good book for us to look at when he is learning to read as the stories are so short and manageable.

If you love Ladybird books, do pop over and visit Ladybird Tuesday, where Being Mrs C is also assembling a really comprehensive catalogue of Ladybird books and reviews.

7 comments:

  1. I loved this book as a child - but never so much as I loved Cinderella... :)

    It's a great linky, thank you for alerting my attention to it!

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    1. It is a great linky, I've been meaning to take part for ages and I finally managed it!

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  2. Thanks so much for joining in Jenny! I'm loving seeing everyone's collections - although it does mean that more and more of us are searching for them in charity shops! :-)

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    1. There are so many wonderful books out there! I don't get to charity shops as much as I would like, but I've got my Mum on the hunt for me :)

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  3. Ladybird books are fantastic, I loved "The Little Red Hen" when I was a child.

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  4. Ohh my! I had that book as a child....Ladybird books were fantastic!!

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  5. Oh, I had that book too. Loved it. I have been looking for something similar for my 9 year old.

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