Saturday, September 4, 2010

Aesop's Fables, by Mara Louise Pratt-Chadwick

Mara Louise Pratt-Chadwick her Aesop's Fables in 1892. The book is available at GoogleBooks.

This is a book produced for use in "first grade" of the time. I really like some of Pratt's ideas about why the fables make good reading. Here's a quote from the Introduction: "Children like to talk: they like to hear people talk. Talking is their all. Then why not let their reading book talk to them, and let them talk to it?" I like working with the fables - in any language - exactly because of the lively direct speech that they often feature.

Here is a list of the fables in her book:

1. The Fox and the Lion
2. The Fox and the Grapes
3. The Cock-a-doodle and Piece of Gold
4. The Wolf and the Goat
5. The Lazy Grasshoppers
6. The Wolf and the Crane
7. The Kid and the Wolf
8. The Fox and the Crow
9. The Stag at the Lake
10. The Hawk and the Nightingale
11. The Snake's Eggs
12. The Fox and the Crab
13. The Ant and the Dove
14. The Dog and his Shadow
15. The Cat and the Birds
16. The Fox in the Well
17. The Fox and the Stork
18. The Dog in the Manger
19. The Raven and the Swan
20. The Two Frogs
21. Battle of the Birds and Beasts
22. The Lark and her Young Ones
23. The Hare and the Tortoise
24. The Lion and the Mouse

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