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Fables in Rhyme for Little Folks

Jean de La Fontaine

Book Overview: 

Several of La Fontaine’s fables, translated into English by W. T. Larned.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ed because he collected and versified some of the so-called Fables of Aesop. A Roman slave named Phaedrus also put these Fables into Latin verse; and his work to-day is a text book in our colleges.

Among modern writers, it was reserved for La Fontaine to take these ancient themes and make them his own--just as Moli. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Larned begins by apologising for not providing a wooden, literal translation of Fontaine's fables and notes that he is preserving the spirit of the fables by re-writing them to rhyme. This exercise was designed to give English-speaking children the best introduction to Fontaine as possible, and h...more

Terrific ! I knew some of the stories from my own childhood but many were new to me and all were enjoyable. The illustrations were gorgeous and colorful as well. A+++++++