The time feels right for a fable come back. Perhaps Vincent Mastro’s Aesop’s 1st Book of Childhood Adventures is that twist needed to bring it to the limelight again. The use of a young raccoon’s inquiry and predictable text structure, seamlessly pull the 3 fables together. In a time of rapid movement and demands on young readers, this book could offer a reflective and critical response, reminding readers of those human foundations. As this theme of perseverance threads through the text, it reminds us that through challenges and tangles come great accomplishment and growth. I’ve always loved The Crow and the Pitcher, so it’s inclusion helped persuade my interest in this book too.
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