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From School Library Journal Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 3?In this handsome companion book to Teeth, Tails, and Tentacles (Running Pr, 2004), Wormell uses linocut prints to illuminate 21 of Aesop's famous life lessons. The artist cleverly conveys the morals up front and, in doing so, also provides viewers with a powerful exercise in visual literacy. Each spread consists of the fable's title and the large-type moral on the left and a full-page illustration on the right. The bold, black lines of the expertly rendered images and colorful accents primarily in earth tones create instantly recognizable figures. The subtle use of light and shadow adds clarity, expression, and often drama without extraneous detail. The brilliance of the images lies in their simplicity. The selections include many of the best-known fables as well as a few that may be less familiar. A succinct retelling of each one appears at the back of the book, along with a smaller, but equally clear version of the print; no sources are cited for the retellings but the overriding spirit seems to be one of economy in thought and word. This mighty-fine offering invites cross-curricular usage but is first and foremost a title to be enjoyed for its sheer artistry.?Luann Toth, School Library Journal Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Read more From Booklist K-Gr. 3. In a stunning approach to retelling Aesop's fables, Wormell offers linocuts, whose sinuous, powerful black lines and negative spaces are elegantly paired with a beautiful shading of colors--oranges to rosy peach, sky blue to palest gold. Each full-page, framed image lies opposite the aphorism or moral and the title of the fable. For example, the entry 'Fine feathers don't make fine birds: 'The Peacock and the Crane''^B faces a peacock in full display whose tail is intersected by the black-and-white wingspan of a crane in flight. Although this certainly puts the emphasis on the images, it also puts the onus on the storyteller sharing the book with children. Though no sources are cited, a paragraph about each fable is given at the back of the book, to prime the memory. Use this in art classes for older students, as well. GraceAnne DeCandidoCopyright ? American Library Association. All rights reserved Read more See all Editorial Reviews