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Bob Hartman uses all his skills as a storyteller to add humour, irony, action and clever dialogue to these new retellings of ten of Aesop's fables, which he has woven into an entertaining tale about a man who tells stories for a living. The moral at the heart of each story – “even the smallest creature deserves respect” in the Mouse and the Lion, “people often speak badly of things they can’t have” in The Fox and the Grapes and “Pretending to be something you’re not can get you into trouble” in The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – are clearly made and well explained in the carefully crafted texts. Hartman sets the stories in context by describing Aesop and the purpose of fables.
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Included is a rich mix of familiar and less well-known tales selected for their relevance to the life of children today. Streetwise tricksters get their comeuppance, virtue is rewarded, and readers are shown the benefits of good behaviour - but with the Hartman touch these stories are far from being the typical moral tale. Animated, witty and characterful illustrations echo the flavour of the text.
'These very accessible, beautifully crafted retellings are perfect for young children... Hartman uses his ear for narrative to bring them to life.. complemented by Jago's wonderful, sombre paintings.' Marilyn Brocklehurst, The Bookseller
|Publication date:||21st October 2011|
|Publisher:||Lion Hudson Plc|
|Suitable for:||5+ readers|
|Genres:||Traditional Tales, Animals|
Internationally acclaimed Bob Hartman is a much-loved performance storyteller for children. Renowned for his dynamic, energetic and interactive performances, Bob has entertained audiences on both sides of the Atlantic – from the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum to schools, bookshops and major festivals throughout the UK – including the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Northern Children’s Book Festival, both of which he has been a well-loved favourite at for a number of years. His audiences range in number from 10 to 100 and beyond and are enjoyed by all ages. Bob’s storytelling programme combines traditional folk-tales from ...More About Bob Hartman
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