Author/Illustrator: Arnold Lobel
Publisher: Harper & Row
Publication Year: 1980
Brief Summary: Using an array of interesting animal characters, Lobel creats 20 original fables, each teaching a valuable lesson.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1981 Winner United States
- Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:
- Language Arts: Define fables and common characteristics — animal stories; date back to early times; teach lesson/message.
- Do reveal the moral at the end of the story right away — ask students what they think the message is. Is there one in particular they really connected with?
- Have older students plan and write their own fables.
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. Fables discussion guide at Scholastic site http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/fables-discussion-guide
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library