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Town Mouse, Country Mouse
Written & illustrated by Jan Brett
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

The classic tale of a town mouse and a country mouse takes on a new dimension in the imaginative and talented hands of Jan Brett. She introduces two engaging mouse couples eager to get away from their everyday lives. But when they agree to swap homes, they are plunged into unexpected adventures at every turn.

In a story filled with suspense and humor, lush green country scenes alternate with the elegant details of a fine Victorian townhouse, making this a breathtakingly beautiful picture book.

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The Fabled Life of Aesop
Written by Ian Lendler & illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

Honoring the path of a slave, this dramatic picture-book biography and concise anthology of Aesop’s most child-friendly fables tells how a child born into slavery in ancient Greece found a way to speak out against injustice by using the skill and wit of his storytelling—storytelling that has survived for 2,500 years. Stunningly illustrated by two-time Caldecott Honor winner Pamela Zagarenski.

The Tortoise and the Hare. The Boy Who Cried Wolf. The Fox and the Crow. Each of Aesop’s stories has a lesson to tell, but Aesop’s true-life story is perhaps the most inspiring tale of them all.

Gracefully revealing the genesis of his tales, this true story of Aesop shows how fables not only liberated him from captivity but spread wisdom over a millennium. This is the only children’s book biography about him.

Includes thirteen illustrated fables:  The Lion and the Mouse, The Goose and the Golden Egg, The Fox and the Crow, Town Mouse and Country Mouse, The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Dog and the Wolf, The Lion and the Statue, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The North Wind and the Sun, The Fox and the Grapes, The Dog and the Wolf, The Lion and the Boar.

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The Lion & the Mouse
Written & illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle.

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The Little Red Fort
Written by Brenda Maier & illustrated by Sonia Sanchez
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Ruby’s mind is always full of ideas. One day, she finds some old boards and decides to build something. She invites her brothers to help, but they just laugh and tell her she doesn’t know how to build. “Then I’ll learn,” she says. And she does! When she creates a dazzling fort that they all want to play in, it is Ruby who has the last laugh. With sprightly text and winsome pictures, this modern spin on the timeless favorite The Little Red Hen celebrates the pluck and ingenuity of young creators everywhere!

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Chanticleer and the Fox
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer & illustrated by Barbara Cooney
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

King of the barnyard, Chanticleer struts about all day. When a fox bursts into his domain, dupes him into crowing, and then grabs him in a viselike grip, Chanticleer must do some quick thinking to save himself and his barnyard kingdom. Winner, 1959 Caldecott Medal Notable Children’s Books of 1940–1970 (ALA) Winner, 1992 Kerlan Award

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  • The Classic Treasury of Aesop's Fables - Get in step with the colorful animals that race, waddle, and leap through these pages! From a fast-footed monkey to a two-timing fox, each creature has a story to tell and a moral to teach. These famous tales tickle the imagination and teach simple truths, ones that children and adults face every day. Inside are twenty classic fables, including The Tortoise and the Hare, The Goose Who Laid the Golden Eggs, and The City Mouse and the Country Mouse. Passed from generation to generation, Aesop’s best-loved fables are presented here with beautiful illustrations that bring these naughty, bold, brave, and lovable creatures to life.

  • Rabbit's Gift - Snow is coming, coming soon, so Rabbit needs to find food fast. Just in time, a turnip turns up, and a second one, too. Who in the woods wouldn’t want to tuck away an extra turnip for the long winter? Not Rabbit. He chooses a different path—and starts a wave of generosity that spreads among all his forest friends.

  • Fables - Winner of the Caldecott Medal A pig flying through marshmallow clouds? A camel pirouetting through the desert? Where else could a reader find such marvelous things but in a fable? From the author-illustrator behind beloved Frog and Toad, Arnold Lobel, comes a collection of humorous, silly fables that will delight readers young and old. “The most remarkable of the author-illustrator’s 60-plus bestselling award winners.” —Publishers Weekly “There is enough cheerful nonsense in Mr. Lobel’s fables to endear any child listener.” —The New York Times “Lobel has come up with a magical addition to an ancient genre of storytelling.” —Newsweek

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Tortoise & the Hare
Written by Jerry Pinkney
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

This lavish, highly-acclaimed rendition of Aesop’s most beloved fable about grit, hope, and resilience is brought to life by Caldecott Medal-winning artist Jerry Pinkney. </b><br> This nearly wordless companion to the Caldecott Medal-winning <i>The Lion & the Mouse</i> is Jerry Pinkney’s most stunning masterpiece yet. Even the slowest tortoise can defeat the quickest hare, and even the proudest hare can learn a timeless lesson from the most humble tortoise: <i>Slow and steady wins the race</i>! Here is a superbly rendered journey from starting line to finish that embodies the bravery, perseverance, and humility we can all find inside ourselves. <b><br></b><b>Don’t miss these other classic retellings by Jerry Pinkney: </b><i><b>The Lion & the Mouse</b></i><i><b>The Grasshopper & the Ants</b></i><i><b>The Three Billy Goats Gruff</b></i><i><b>Little Red Riding Hood</b></i>

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Fables of Aesop
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Recommend Ages: 8-14

The gods help them that help themselves . . . We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified . . . Appearances are deceptive . . . These and many other familiar proverbs -- in fact, many of the moral values that form the foundation of our daily lives -- were expressed in tales from ancient Greece, credited to Aesop, the legendary storyteller.
This volume, edited by the celebrated English folklorist Joseph Jacobs, contains a rich selection of these time-honored tales, among them The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, The Fox and the Crow, The Lion and the Mouse, The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, The Goose with the Golden Eggs, The Old Man and Death, Belling the Cat, The Hare and the Tortoise, and dozens more.
Retold with wit and sparkle in simple, direct language, these short, clever stories offer young readers wonderful lessons in right and wrong, and many valuable insights into life, both its joys and perils. Over 170 classic illustrations by Richard Heighway bring the stories vividly to life for readers and listeners alike.

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Andy and the Lion
Written by James Daugherty
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
A Caldecott Honor Book
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The Lion and the Mouse, Narrated by the Timid But Truthful Mouse
Written by Nancy Loewen & illustrated by Cristian Luis Bernardini
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Recommend Ages: 7-8

She’s always been the “invisible” twin, but when her sister reneges on a promise to the king of beasts, a timid mouse chews her way into the spotlight. This sweet, fractured twist on a classic Aesop’s fable, told from the mouse’s point of view, celebrates kindness and bravery of all sizes. Includes a condensed version of the original tale.

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The Tortoise and the Hare, Narrated by the Silly But Truthful Tortoise
Written by Nancy Loewen & illustrated by Thomas Russell Cox
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Recommend Ages: 7-8

In this humorous retelling of the classic fable, the tortoise, Balderdash, describes how his race with Jiffy the Hare (who was actually pretty slow for a hare), launched his career as a comedian.

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  • World Full of Spooky Stories: 50 Tales to Make Your Spine Tingle - Get ready for Halloween with this child-friendly collection of spooky stories from all over the world.

  • City Mouse, Country Mouse - In this modern twist from Maggie Rudy on the classic tale of the city mouse and the country mouse, Will and Tansy meet and become friends. But Will loves the bustling city and Tansy loves the quiet country. Will these two friends find a way to live mousily ever after?

  • Gooney the Fabulous - Mrs. Pidgeon has been reading Aesop’s fables to her second grade class. What’s a fable? Well, it’s a story that has animals as characters, and it teaches you something important, and . . . Once again it is Gooney Bird Greene who knows how to turn lessons into fun. She has an idea. A fabulous idea! What if each child creates his or her own fable, and tells it to the class? One by one Mrs. Pidgeon’s students create costumes and stories and morals and excitement. Everyone except Nicholas. What on earth is making Nicholas so unhappy? Leave it to Gooney Bird, of course, to help him solve his problem . . . in a truly fabulous way.

  • Gooney the Fabulous - Gooney Bird Greene has a fabulous idea after her teacher reads fables to the class. The children learn that fables are stories with animal characters that teach something important. Gooney’s fabulous idea is that each student create their own fable and tell it to the class! Everyone but Nicholas is excited about their stories and costumes. Can Gooney Bird find out why Nicholas is unhappy and get him to join in the fun? Now that would be truly fabulous!

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Written by B. G. Hennessy & illustrated by Boris Kulikov
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

“Nothing ever happens here,” the shepherd thinks. But the bored boy knows what would be exciting: He cries that a wolf is after his sheep, and the town’s people come running. How often can that trick work, though? B.G. Hennessy’s retelling of this timeless fable is infused with fanciful whimsy through Boris Kulikov’s hilarious and ingenious illustrations. This tale is sure to leave readers grinning sheepishly.

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Louis I, King of the Sheep
Written & illustrated by Olivier Tallec
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Recommend Ages: 6-9

Louis I, King of the Sheep is a funny philosophical fable about a sheep who finds a crown, and revels in dreams of power.

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Holy Squawkamole!
Written by Susan Wood & illustrated by Laura González
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Recommend Ages: 3-8

This tasty takeonthe classic Little Red Hen story has a deliciously spicy twist! Yum, guacamole! That’s what Little Red Hen craves, and she could use some help gathering and mashing the ingredients. So she asks her friends, including an armadillo, snake, and iguana, to lend a hand. Every one just says “no.” But after Little Red Hen works hard to make the scrumptious fresh guac, all the animals want a taste. In a fun departure from the original tale, Little Red Hen cooks up a comeuppance for the slackers that they’ll never forget!

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The Out-Foxed Fox
Written by Tim J Myers & illustrated by Ariel Ya-Wen Pang
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Hundreds of years ago in the mountains of Japan, there lived a hunter who trapped many foxes. People warned him that foxes were cunning creatures that possessed great magic, but he ignored them. One day, the bossy old fox leader declared they must stop the hunter and that he had the perfect plan. But a young fox with crooked whiskers knew that a simple plan is often best. To prove it, he showed both the hunter and the leader just how cunning a fox can be! Whimsical illustrations rendered in pencil, water-color, oil paint, and colored pencil by Ariel Ya-Wen Pang add to the charm of this Japanese tale based on a traditional kyogen. An author’s note is included.

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Narrated by the Sheepish But Truthful Wolf
Written by Nancy Loewen & illustrated by Juan M. Moreno
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Recommend Ages: 7-8

So who was really pulling the wool over whose eyes? The Wolf gets candid about “the boy who cried” in this fractured version of a classic Aesop’s fable, delighting readers with his first-person account, while back matter questions encourage discussion about perspective. Includes a condensed version of the original tale.

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  • The Ants and the Grasshopper, Narrated by the Fanciful But Truthful Grasshopper - In this humorous retelling of the classic fable, Harper the grasshopper is rescued from starvation by an ant, Lark, who wants to learn how to play the fiddle–and soon many of the other insects (including more ants) in the field join Harper’s lessons, until he has a proper insect orchestra to put on a harvest festival.

  • It Is a Tree - Funny animals play a party game that’s both silly and thought-provoking. Perfect for new readers. It is a tree. It is a wall. It is a snake. It is a fan. A zebra, a giraffe, a turtle, and others play a party game. Blindfolded, they guess what’s in the room. Is it a wall? A rope? A fan? No. It’s an elephant! This very easy-to-read story, based upon the ancient Indian parable about the blind men and the elephant, teaches point-of-view. The award-winning I Like to Read® series focuses on guided reading levels A through G, based upon Fountas and Pinnell standards. Acclaimed author-illustrators–including winners of Caldecott, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and Coretta Scott King honors–create original, high-quality illustrations that support comprehension of simple text and are fun for kids to read again and again with their parents, teachers or on their own!

  • Once a Mouse... - Marcia Brown retells an Indian fable from the Hitopadesa in this Caldecott Medal–winning tale of a mouse who becomes a tiger. When a small mouse’s life is threatened by large jungle predators, a kindly hermit uses magic to change him into a cat, a dog, and a majestic tiger. But the proud tiger must suffer the consequences when he becomes ungrateful and forgets his humble origins. Marcia Brown’s magical woodcuts bring this Indian fable to life with the mastery that won her a second Caldecott Medal.

  • The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse - Do you ever feel that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence? Well, so did Johnny Town-Mouse and Timmy Willie. One was a town mouse and one was a country mouse, and when they end up in each other’s worlds they soon discover that they were much happier where they started!

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