Tag: Aesop

  • Amos and Boris by William Steig Analysis

    Some picture books have an Aesop fable at their base. Amos and Boris is one such picture book, written and illustrated by William Steig (1971).

  • Foxes In Children’s Literature

    Ebenezer Newman Downard - Winter Landscape with Fox and Hares

    A fox is a wolf who sends flowers. Ruth Weston Arthur Applebee asked a group of pre-school children to tell him the characters of a list of animals. They were more certain of the stereotypical personalities of animals they could only have met in stories, such as brave lions or sly foxes, than of the […]

  • The Story Of The Kind Wolf by Wilkon and Nickl Analysis

    “The Story Of The Kind Wolf” is a 1982 picture book by Jozef Wilkon, illustrated by Peter Nickl and translated into English by Marion Koenig. The story is now out of print and hard to find. This is a Tawny Scrawny Lion plot, and very much of its time. This was the era of the […]

  • The Treatment of Curiosity Across Storytelling

    Are we supposed to be curious, or aren’t we? From reading stories, I just can’t make up my mind.

  • The Hare and the Tortoise

    Arthur Rackham The Hare and the Tortoise from Aesop's Fables

    You win some, you lose some. Aesop was an equal opportunity storyteller and the tortoise of fables sometimes gets a raw deal. But not this particular tortoise. Sometimes it’s “The Hare and the Tortoise”, sometimes it’s “The Tortoise and the Hare”. This tortoise just goes about his business and wins the day. I’ve never once […]

  • Belling The Cat

    Gustav Doré The counsel held by the rats 1868

    ‘Belling the cat’ is idiom which means that it’s all very well to come up with good ideas as a fix, but executing those good ideas is another matter. It comes from a fable of yore, in which rats come up with a great idea for foiling a predatory cat. They’ll put a bell around […]