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Little Book of Fables

retold by Veronica Uribe

illustrated by Constanza Bravo

translated by Susan Ouriou

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Jul 2004
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2004
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
  • Reading age: 6 to 9


Little Book of Fables is a fresh retelling of fifteen of Aesop's timeless tales and five more stories that originated with other well-known fabulists. Veronica Uribe chose these fables for their inherent charm as amusing and popular stories known to many in one version or another.

Young readers will recognize traditional favorites such as The Fox and the Crow and The Shepherd and the Wolf, while other tales such as The Milkmaid and Belling the Cat may be new to them. The lessons derived from many of these fables have been adopted by cultures the world over and are reflected in familiar sayings such as Don't kill the goose that lays the golden egg or Slow and steady wins the race.

About the authors

Veronica Uribe has published several highly acclaimed adaptations of tales and rhymes from the oral tradition including Little Book of Fairy Tales and Little Book of Fables as well as award-winning Buzz, Buzz, Buzz, illustrated by Gloria Calderon. She was co-founder of Ediciones Ekare in Venezuela and now runs the publisher's Chilean office. She has also been a member of the Hans Christian Andersen Award jury.

Veronica Uribe's profile page

Constanza Bravo is a Chilean illustrator of children's books. She lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland.

Constanza Bravo's profile page

Susan Ouriou is an award-winning literary translator who has translated the fiction of Quebec, Latin-American, French and Spanish authors. She won Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation in 2009 for Pieces of Me by Charlotte Gingras, after first being shortlisted for The Road to Chlifa by Michèle Marineau and then for Necessary Betrayals by Guillaume Vigneault. The Road to Chlifa was also awarded an honour list placing by IBBY (International Board of Books for Youth) as were Naomi and Mrs. Lumbago by Gilles Tibo, This Side of the Sky by Marie-Francine Hébert and Pieces of Me. Necessary Betrayals was also voted one of the 100 best books of 2002 by the Globe and Mail. Another translation, The Thirteenth Summer by José Luis Olaizola, was runner-up for the John Glassco Translation Prize. She has worked as the director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre and as faculty for the Banff Centre's Aboriginal Emerging Writers residency. She is the editor of the 2010 anthology Beyond Words – Translating the World.

Susan Ouriou's profile page

Editorial Reviews

An irresistible combination of words and pictures, this little book just begs to be read and the morals quoted. A true keeper.

School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

A dramatic, meticulously crafted full-page scene in pen-and-ink and watercolor wash opens each fable.

Publishers Weekly

Gorgeously coloured, folksy illustrations by Costanza Bravo enhance these simple stories beautifully.

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