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The Original Fables of La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine

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. . . so that they might all burst out of the garden in fine style; for it would have looked ridiculous for them to ride out at the gate.

The poor man objected. "This is fine fun for princes, no doubt——"; but they let him talk, whilst dogs and men together did more harm in one hour than all the hares in the province would have done in a century.


Little princes, settle your own quarrels amongst yourselves. It is madness to have recourse to kings. You should never let them engage in your wars, nor even enter your domains.

IV THE MAN AND HIS IMAGE (Book I.—No. 11)

Once there was a man who loved himself very much, and who permitted himself no rivals in that love. He thought his face and figure the handsomest in all the world. Anything in the shape of a mirror that could show him his own likeness he took care to avoid; for he did not want to be reminded that perhaps he was over-rating his beauty. For this reaso. . . Read More

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"Maître Corbeau sur un arbre perché tenait en son bec un fromage, Maître Renard, par l'odeur alléché lui tint a peu près ce langage..." Je pense que toute ma vie je me souviendrai de cette fable que surement tout écolier français a du apprendre au moins une fois dans sa vie. J'ai adoré les fables...more

This is one of my most precious memories of my childhood. Before going to school, sometimes after, I used to go to a nearby kiosk and buy some chocolates. But these chocolates weren't ordinary ones. They came wrapped with tiny books inside: the fables of Jean de La Fontaine. That is one of my ear...more

Today I thought outloud about how nice it would be to have a book with all of La Fontaine's fables. As I was in a bookshop to buy a friend's birthday present, I remembered to have a look and found this nice edition at a cheap price (2.80 euros! You can't beat that!) so I decided to buy my own cop...more

I’m not really suited to “rate” the work of Lafontaine so This will be a short review.
From all the fables I’ve come across those are definitely the best of the lot. What’s remarkable about Lafontaine is this incredible capacity to write fables that are meaningful, fun, easy to read and with impor...more

Um livro completo com algumas fábulas que nos faz lembrar quando eramos crianças, como o Lobo e o Cordeiro ou a Lebre e a tartaruga!
Cada fábula nos ensina e traz uma moral!
Podem ser fábulas com animais mas acaba sempre por representar algum defeito humano!

"A raposa e as uvas

Contam que certa raposa,
Andando muito esfaimada,
Viu roxos, maduros cachos
Pendentes de alta latada.

De bom grado os trincaria,
Mas sem lhes poder chegar,
Disse: «Estão verdes, não prestam,
Só cães os podem tragar!»

Eis cai uma parra, quando
Prosseguia seu caminho,
E, crendo que era al...more

La Fontaine's fables are all in verse and are massively popular in France. They have wonderful little morals. The interesting side-note is that many of these children's fables are hidden criticisms of the court of Louis XIV where La Fontaine was a lackey among the thousands of others at Versaille...more

“There's nothing sweeter than a real friend:
Not only is he prompt to lend—
An angler delicate, he fishes
The very deepest of your wishes,
And spares your modesty the task
His friendly aid to ask.
A dream, a shadow, wakes his fear,
When pointing at the object dear.”

La fontaine fables choisies = The Fables of Jean de La Fontaine, Jean de La Fontaine
The Fables of Jean de La Fontaine were issued in several volumes from 1668 to 1694. They are classics of French literature. Divided into 12 books, there are 239 of the Fables, varying in length from a few lines to...more

Title: The Fables of La Fontaine

Translated into English Verse by Walter Thornbury and Illustrated by Gustave Doré

Author: Jean de la Fontaine

Illustrator: Gustave Doré

Translator: Walter Thornbury

Release Date: October 26, 2015 [EBook #50316]

Produced by Madelaine Kilsby, Laura NR and
Marc D'Hooghe at...more

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