Aesop’s Fables

Retold and Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney


A proud lion, saved by a brave, little mouse . . . a patient tortoise, who defeats a boastful hare . . . a carefree grasshopper, putting off what he should be doing today . . .

These are just three of more than sixty of Aesop’s most memorable fables, that have been inspiring readers for over 2,000 years.  These stories have remained unforgettable, in part due to their colorful characters,  which Pinkney so gloriously brings to life through his detailed illustrations.


The Tortoise and the Hare

Let’s go back to that proud lion and that little mouse…  We can tell our children that what they do is important, that when they help it makes a difference.  But do they really believe that their small efforts matter?  Perhaps a good snuggle in a chair and reading  The Lion and the Mouse might boost their self-confidence.   Telling our children, “Even the strongest can sometimes use the help of the smallest,”  will take on a deeper meaning as they are inspired not only by the fable but by reflecting on Pinkney’s spectacular artwork.

Since there are sixty fables in the book, don’t try to read them all at one time.  Remember, “A little at a time is better than none at all.” (Aesop) 

Mary Byrne Kline

 Ask your little ones questions that develop higher order critical thinking skills:

  1. Do you think fables are a good way to learn a lesson? Why or why not?
  2. Can you retell one of the fables in your own words? Did it have a good lesson?
  3. What facts show that the Country Mouse has chosen the better home in
    The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse? (pg. 62)