Fables

Author/Illustrator: Arnold Lobel

Have you ever heard of the crocodile who was so fond of order that he preferred the pattern on his wallpaper over the flowers outside–and spent the rest of his life indoors admiring the wallpaper? Or the camel who danced ballet for her own enjoyment, whatever her friends may say? What about the mouse who traveled far through many dangers just to see the sunset over the sea?

In this charming collection, Fables, Arnold Lobel presents a collection of brief animal stories, each illustrating an important point. Lobel has been a favorite author of mine ever since I discovered Owl at Home and the Frog and Toad stories in early elementary. Fables is true to his form, with attractive illustrations and full of insight and humor. I appreciated that the stories are only one page long each, making them ideal to sneak in along with other bedtime reading for children–or to read several at a time! The proverbs the stories illustrate are insightful while not being the ones you usually hear in children’s fable collections. Plus, there are usually several other ideas to pull from each story. I think Fables would be great to read with children, both as a teaching tool and as a collection of fun and funny stories.

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