Aesop's Fables, Hardback

Aesop's Fables Hardback

Illustrated by Piet Grobler

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


A little mouse saves the life of a great lion; hungry Grasshopper, too lazy to store food, gets no mercy from the industrious ants; crafty Jackal tricks Klipspringer to escape death - but is himself tricked by the cock and the dog...Here are 16 of Aesop's wise, witty and timeless fables, portrayed for the first time in an African setting.

This is an exciting new interpretation of one of the world's great classics.

This unique story collection is vividly illustrated by Beverley Naidoo's fellow South African Piet Grobler, an internationally acclaimed illustrator.

The two have previously collaborated on The Great Tug of War for Frances Lincoln


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 48 pages, 30 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Anthologies
  • ISBN: 9781847800077



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As Naidoo notes in her introductory letter to the reader, Aesop’s fables aren’t like European fairy tales, with endings where everyone lives happily ever after. Instead, Aesop’s fables are African, with real life consequences. This is a delightful collection full of familiar stories, tweaked to make them sparkle in beautiful African ways.“One blistering hot day in the middle of summer, Lion and Warthog had the same idea. Get down to the waterhole and drink! They arrived at the same time and at the very same spot.‘I go first!’ growled Lion.‘Hayi khona! Oh no you don’t!’ retorted Warthog.”

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