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Aesop's Fables

For more than 2,500 years, generation after generation has passed along the animal stories known as Aesop's Fables. These much-loved tales do more than entertain: they also convey simple, essential life lessons. The characters in Aesop's Fables teach us how to be better--and wiser--human beings. Our editions feature charming illustrations and gently updated text that retain the stories' original aesthetics, while appealing to a modern audience. Help a new generation of children enjoy the warmth, wit, and wisdom of these classic tales!

Cover: The Ant and the Grasshopper

The Ant and the Grasshopper

A busy ant spends all her time preparing for winter, while a lazy grasshopper enjoys the sunshine and summer warmth. When the cold winds begin to blow and food becomes scarce, the hungry… More →

 
Cover: The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

A bored shepherd entertains himself by falsely telling townspeople a wolf is stealing his sheep. When a wolf really does appear, the twice-tricked townspeople are convinced the shepherd is… More →

 
Cover: The City Mouse and the Country Mouse

The City Mouse and the Country Mouse

Two mice cousins decide to visit each other's surroundings to learn more about their different worlds. But the city mouse soon feels that the country life is far too simple and boring for… More →

 
Cover: The Fox and the Crow

The Fox and the Crow

A vain crow has found some cheese to eat, but a hungry fox knows a secret: the crow cannot resist showing off! Flattering the crow into singing a song, the fox grabs the cheese when it falls… More →

 
Cover: The Fox and the Grapes

The Fox and the Grapes

A hungry fox tries repeatedly to reach some grapes hanging high on a vine. After numerous attempts, the fox gives up and stalks angrily away, saying that the grapes were most likely sour anyway. More →

 
Cover: The Fox and the Stork

The Fox and the Stork

Mr. Fox plays a trick on Ms. Stork--but he doesn't enjoy having the same trick played on him in return. More →

 
Cover: The Heron and the Fish

The Heron and the Fish

A hungry heron spends all day looking for the perfect meal--bypassing all sorts of perfectly fine food in the process. The heron is so choosy that the sun soon sets, and he is forced to eat… More →

 
Cover: The Lion and the Mouse

The Lion and the Mouse

When a meek mouse is spared from becoming a hungry lion's next meal, she promises to return his great kindness. The little mouse later rescues a huge cat from a hunter's trap. More →

 
Cover: The Maid and the Milk Pail

The Maid and the Milk Pail

Carrying her pail of milk upon her head, a milkmaid daydreams of what she will purchase once she sells the milk at market. But the milk is spilt before the maid can sell it, and thus readers… More →

 
Cover: The Mice in Council

The Mice in Council

A family of mice offers ideas about how to warn themselves when their enemy--the cat--approaches. When it is suggested to tie a bell around the cat's neck, everyone agrees that the idea is a… More →

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