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The Fables Of La Fontaine

by Jean De La Fontaine, Ed. By J. W. M. Gibbs, Trans. By Elizur Wright

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Unashamedly borrowing his inspiration and material from Aesop’s fables, Jean de La Fontaine wrote his stories in French verse during the late seventeenth century. His fables have been popular with children and adults alike ever since. These are timeless stories of country folk, heroes of Greek mythology, and familiar creatures. Each tale contains a moral for living, as relevant today as they were 300 years ago.

This large-format (8 ½ x 11 ¼ inches) volume gathers more than a hundred of La Fontaine’s most beloved fables for children. Jean-Noël Rochut has illustrated his magical fables in color, while C.J. Moore has faithfully translated them into flowing English verse to delight the ears of both young and old.

This classic family favorite is fully illustrated in color throughout. The fables in this collection include favorites such as The "Grasshopper and the Ant," "The Crow and the Fox," and The "Wolf and the Lamb."

About the Author
Jean de La Fontaine (1621–1695) was born at Chateau-Thierry in the Champagne region of France, and is probably the most widely read French poet of the seventeenth century. He counted Racine and Moliere among his close friends and was elected to the Academie Francaise in 1684. His Fables, the first of six books published in 1668, was a great success and continue to be taught widely in French schools.

Jean-Noël Rochut is from Chatou, a Parisian suburb. He trained at École Boule, and after a few years of being involved in music (he played tuba with the likes of jazz organist Eddy Louiss), he devoted himself to illustration. He has illustrated numerous books for children.

C. J. Moore has degrees in modern languages and linguistics from the universities of Oxford and Edinburgh. For many years he worked as author and editor for Heinemann Educational Books. He is well-known as author of the award-winning Ishtar and Tammuz (Frances Lincoln), Peter William Butterblow; The Fire Bird; and Wild Goose Lake (Floris Books). He also edited the concise Carmina Gadelica, a major anthology of Gaelic oral poetry. His most recent book is In Other Words: A Language Lover’s Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World (Walker Books US, Oxford University Press UK, 2005).



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