Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"The Hare and the Tortoise: and Other Fables of La Fontaine"

The Hare and the Tortoise: and Other Fables of La Fontaine
Written by: Ranjit Bolt
Illustrated by: Giselle Potter
Published by: Barefoot Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2006
ISBN: 1-905236-54-9
Genre(s): Picture Book, Traditional Literature
Reading Level: Grade 3
Activity Level: Grades 1 & 4

Summary: This book is a collection of fables for children that teach them about morals they should learn. There are traditional ones such as “The Tortoise and the Hare” and newer fables such as “The Heron,” The Miller’s Donkey,” and “The Wolf and the Watchdog.” Each fable has its own great message, such as patience, not being vain, not judging others, working hard, and other values to which children should be exposed. This collection of fables should be present in every classroom as it provides a look into an element of literature that children need as well as good values that can even help teachers in classroom management.

Response: I really like that this book incorporates not only traditional fables, but also many new ones, which I had not heard. I think fables are very important for children because they teach them a lesson and yet they are not explicit in their morals, so children do not feel as though they are being preached to about rules by the teacher, but are more suddenly building their knowledge of right and wrong and how to be a good person.

The illustrations in this work are rather good. They are not as superbly detailed as some other illustrators’ works, but they are rather realistic and what the animals and people in the illustrations are. Each illustration in this book is a double-page spread and each has a beautifully-colored background in a soothing color for the illustrations related to the fable on those pages.

Teaching Connections: This book would be great to read sections of to first graders. There is always a moral in a fable, so the students could learn a lot from hearing these stories. Then, the students could work in groups to think of a moral that they might want to write about and work in conjunction with a fourth grade class, who would help them write their stories. Then, the first graders could illustrate them.

This book could also be read to a fourth grade class to introduce them to fables, since that is something about which they must learn in that grade. Then, the students, having heard the plethora of stories in this book, could be charged with writing their own fable and also helping the first graders with theirs.

What Students Learn: From this book and these activities children learn morals, about fables, increase their writing skills, and area able to work with one another and with those of varying ages throughout their school.

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