by Arnold Lobel


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064430463
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/07/1983
Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 62,278
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children's books, including the classic I Can Read books about Frog and Toad, and the Caldecott Medal winning Fables.

Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children's books, including the classic I Can Read books about Frog and Toad, and the Caldecott Medal winning Fables.

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Fables 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Caldecott Medal Award Winner by Author Lobel is obviously worthy of this award. This book obtains a variety of fables that all audiences can enjoy. The age appropriate for this picture book is ages four through eight years. Each fable in this book contains morals or wise sayings that go along with the fable. For instance, in the fable titled The illustrations are finely detailed with beautiful colors. The classification of this book fit¿s into the traditional literature genre. This award winning book is eye-catching from front to back and the audience will thoroughly take pleasure in this book. Each fable is designed to capture the readers attention with the interesting short stories while at the same time provide the reader with a valuable moral. The notably talented author of this award winning book is Arnold Lobel. He is also the author of the well known easy reader ¿Frog and Toad¿. Arnold is well known for writing fables. He has extraordinarily written as well as illustrated over sixty children¿s books. Lobel, Author. Fables. Harper Collins Publishers, 1980.
eamill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book teaches many lessons through its many fables. It is a Caldecott Medal winner. This book is great for helping kids look at the problems they are having or may face with responsibility. It teaches problem solving in a fun and interesting way.
missrader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of fables created by Arnold Lobel each with a moral. Each fable is written on one page with a single accompanying illustration on the opposite page. Very funny!
elainevbernal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
**Reviewer's note: this review only focuses on "The Mouse at the Seashore."The Mouse at the Seashore is an endearing story about a mouse who leaves his parents venture out to the seashore. Despite his parents' warnings about, "the world [being] full of terrors," the mouse is adamant about his decision and goes off on his journey. The mouse is attacked by a cat, dogs, and birds - and although the mouse is bloodied, bruised, tired, and frightened, the mouse reaches the shore and is flooded with peace as he experiences the moon and the stars over the ocean. The moral of the story direct and easy to comprehend, and is indicated after the end of the fable: "All the miles of a hard road are worth a moment of true happiness."As in most of Aesop's fables the plot is very easy to follow and stays true to the oral tradition as the content is composed with descriptive narration and interactive dialogue between characters. The story is accompanied by only one picture - the illustration is poignant and symbolic of the entire story - it shows the small injured mouse, with half its tail, his many footsteps behind him, and looking up to the beautifully and richly drawn sky. Perfect read-aloud for ages 6-9, and sends a warm, loving message about success and determination.
mitchellmerritt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Caldecott Award winner, book of fables with nice watercolor illastrations. I love fables. They're short and get the children to think about personal improvment. The different story lessons can be applyed at different times.
dtortorice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great collection of short stories that each teach a different moral lesson. The stories are each one page and deal with a character and their situation. At the end, a one line moral meaning to the story is given. Often very poigniant. " A first failure may pave the way for later success." "All the miles of a hard road are worth a moment of true happiness."
jeriannthacker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of fables by classic author Lobel, fables are stories that tell a moral and use animals as primary characters. Lobel's characters are a bit off the wall, but entertaining. Caldecott Medal.
candicebairn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful illustrations that go along perfectly with each fable.
missmichelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Age Appropriateness: PrimaryGenre: This book is a collection of many fables, each with a moral at the end of the story, and were all written by Arnold Lobel. Since most of the fables contain an element of magic and the majority of them have talking animals, this book would be considered a collection of Fairy Tales. Each story also contains a moral at the end that teaches the reader something about life such as, " Satisfaction will come to those who please themselves."
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Modern fables with modern morals at the end. Not my favorite Lobel book, still nice stories.
Becky7 More than 1 year ago
I love the way Arnold Lobel writes. My son (just turned 7) loves his books.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These stories are short and to the point, with the moral written at the bottom of each story. The children enjoy the short stories and vivid pictures. I find that for my 3rd grade students, many of the fables are somewhat above their reading level. They are able to read about half of the stories independently- the other half have rather difficult vocabulary and concepts. The book can be used with younger children with much adult support. Overall, an excellent book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stories are short and carry a simple but meaningful moral...Good for any age, but children over five will understand the message better than a younger child.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great to help children understand and learn morals about lessons in life. For instance a bad kangaroo provides a meaningful moral, which explains ¿A child¿s conduct will reflect the way of his parents¿. I loved the pictures and the colors in this book. Lobel, Arnold. Fables. New York: Harper and Row, 1980.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I¿m sure that everyone has heard of little quotes about different things with life. For instance one from ¿Fables¿ is ¿it is always difficult to pose as something that one is not.¿ Arnold Lobel was always interested in telling stories and drawing pictures. When he was a teenager he studied pictures of various different authors. ¿Fables¿ was brilliantly illustrated with wonderful pictures. Each illustration followed the storyline of each story. I thought that the book was an excellent way to explain the meaning of the quotes to the children. My favorite story from ¿Fables¿ was ¿The Crocodile in the bedroom.¿ The story had a little humor to make the story interesting and it definitely explained the quote ¿Without a doubt, there is such a thing as too much order.¿ All the stories were wonderful and I¿m sure many children as well as teachers would find it a great way to teach and learn lessons.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fables is exactly what the title states. It is a collection of fables, each having its own moral. For instance, a bad kangarro provides us with a meaningful moral, which is ¿A child¿s conduct will reflect the ways of his parents¿. I love this book because it teaches children so much about life but in a way for them to better understand. The illustrations are glowing and add to each fable. This book is written by Arnold Lobel. He has authored and illustrated more than seventy children¿s books. He received the Caldecott award for this particular book in 1981. This book relates to adults, as well as children. Lobel, Arnold. Fables. New York: Harper & Row, 1980. Reading level: Ages 4-8
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fables is a collection of ¿Fables¿ each with its own moral. The Bad Kangaroo ends with the moral, ¿A child¿s conduct will reflect the ways of his parents.¿ King Lion and the Beetle has a wonderful moral which states, ¿It is the high and mighty who have the longest distance to fall.¿ Every charming fable is beautifully illustrated by the author, Arnold Lobel. Children and adults can connect with many of the fables in this book which depict life¿s lessons. The illustrations compliment the morals of these tales which will keep its readers smiling in agreement. Reading fables is a wonderful way to leave an impression in the minds of the readers. Arnold Lobel, grew up in Schenectady, New York, where he lived with his grandparents. Lobel published his first children¿s book in 1962. Lobel is the author and or illustrator of over 70 books for children. Fables, 1981, won a Caldecott Medal. Frog and Toad are Friends, 1971, and Hildilid's Night by Cheli Duran Ryan, 1972 are two of his Caldecott Honor Books. Also, Frog and Toad Together, 1973, was named as a Newbery Honor Book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lobel, Arnold. Fables New York: Harper & Row, 1980. This book is a perfect novel for young children. It contains all of lifes lesson and explainations of many problems in several childhood stories. The author, Arnold Lobel, grew up in Schenectady, New York, where he lived with his grandparents. When he graduated from art school, he married Anita Kempler, and they moved to New York. He and his wife had two children, Adam and Adrianne. When he first started drawing pictures for children's books, Arnold Lobel got many of his ideas from the cartoons his children liked to watch. In the book, Fables, Lobel illustrates fables in a genius way by telling the stories through animated animals ranging from crocodile to ostrich. This book is a good illustration of children's fairy tales and myths. The short fable that I enjoyed the best was the King Lion and the Beetle. This fable tells of how one must not live 'above his means,' or acting as if they are better than their peers. In the story, the king is walking along a dirt path when he meets a beetle. The king thinks that the beetle is not bowing low enough, he leans over to take a closer look, only to topple over into a muddy ditch. The king went from thinking that he was above his counsel, 'I deserve this respect from my people, for truly I am every inch a king!', to being on the same level as his simple subjects. This book, Fables, is an excellent way for children to learn lifes lessons while having fun all at the same time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read this book as a child I know how valuable their wisdom can be. That is why I purchased this book for my own children. I want them to have the same opportunity to learn from these fables as I, myself, did. For parents uncertain of the quality of book they are getting. Know that, as a parent myself, I recommend this book and every fable in it for any young or old person wanting to learn about life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book won the Caldecott Medal for the best illustrated children's book of 1981. The book contains twenty one-page fables, facing a one page illustration of the key moment in each fable. The illustrations bring the morals of these tales to life in ways that will keep your children laughing. That will make the lessons more memorable, as well as more entertaining. The fables are uneven in the relevance and importance of their messages. I graded the book down one star for the several fables that are more irreverent than relevant. You can obtain more benefit for your child if you selectively read the fables to emphasize the more important ones. For an example of a weaker one consider The Pelican and the Crane. This is a story about a crane who invites a pelican to tea. The pelican is horribly uncouth and messy. The pelican complains that 'no one ever calls me.' The moral is stated as 'when one is a social failure, the reasons are as clear as day.' The narrower moral is about being inconsiderate, but that is never quite spelled out. So even the weaker fables can be tightened up with a little parental explanation. I thought that the following stories were comparable in quality to Aesop's Fables: The Crocodile in the Bedroom ('Without a doubt, there is such a thing as too much order.'; The Ducks and the Fox ('At times, a change of routine can be most healthful.'); King Lion and the Beetle ('It is the high and mighty who have the longest distance to fall.'); The Lobster and the Crab ('Even the taking of small risks will add excitement to life.'); The Hen and the Apple Tree ('It is always difficult to pose as something one is not.'); The Baboon's Umbrella ('Advice from friends is like the weather. Some of it is good; some of it is bad.'); The Frogs at the Rainbow's End ('The biggest hopes may lead to the greatest disappointments.'); The Camel Dancer ('Satisfaction will come to those who please themselves.'); Madame Rhinoceros and Her Dress ('Nothing is harder to resist than a bit of flattery.'); The Pig at the Candy Store ('A locked door is very likely to discourage temptation.'); and The Mouse at the Seashore ('All the miles of hard road are worth a moment of true happiness.'). In most cases, other lessons can be drawn from the same fables. I suggest that you and your child discuss what else you noticed in the stories. You can then add experiences that each of you have had during the day, and discuss the meaning of each. Remember that only those who wish to experience the most misery and injury themselves prefer to learn only from their own mistakes. Remember to look on the funny side of life's hard lessons! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution