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What's "the 1 book of" Mother Goose, Aesop and Fairy Tales you recommend?


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#1 mathmarm

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 10:35 AM

I'd like to get a book of fairy tales, a book of Aesops fables and a book of Mother Goose rhymes for my sons K4-K5 years. What has been the nicest set that you've found or that you'd recommend.

 

I'm hoping to use the books for a year or two, reading and re-reading them and enjoying them with him. I'm a horrible judge of literature though so I'm asking you guys for help.

 

I'd prefer a version of the fairy tales that have a lesson and a moral to them, so even if they are a re-made version of the popular ones, fine.

 

The Nursery Rhymes are more of a language thing, so it's okay for them to be silly and memorable and "fluff" instead of "substance".


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Posted 25 March 2017 - 02:59 PM

I'm following, as I don't have a good fairy tale set that I love (traditional and possibly scary vs overly sanitized?)

We have the Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose, which we enjoy. But we usually digress from the rhymes to discuss the pictures.

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Posted 26 March 2017 - 09:39 AM

Aesop fables.

 

I'd like one collection of Aesop too!



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Posted 26 March 2017 - 10:20 AM

I'm following, as I don't have a good fairy tale set that I love (traditional and possibly scary vs overly sanitized?)
I know that I don't want Overly Sanitized, but I don't know if if I want traditional and possibly scary either....What book has a good medium, I wonder?
We have the Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose, which we enjoy. But we usually digress from the rhymes to discuss the pictures.

That looks so amazing! I like that it includes so many! I had been looking at The Real Mother Goose but it's got about 305 rhymes, and I have read that many of them are not PC for a 21st century world.

 

But BoMG says it has over 300 rhymes and it's 176 pages.

Where as RMG has 305 rhymes and is only 128 pages.

 

 

The BoMG doesn't let you look inside, but it has a sample page. Are most of the pages like that sample shown? I mean fully Illustrated and minimal poems on each page? The BoMG is so nicely illustrated, I can see why you all get side tracked by the pictures...

 

But RMG has nicely done illustrations also, though the formatting is a little crowded where it puts multiple rhymes on the same page, but as it's meant for me to read to him, I don't mind that too much. There are several illustrations interspersed throughout and even some full page illustrations.

 

Naturally my library has neither :(
 



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Posted 26 March 2017 - 11:03 AM

I couldn't find the sample on Amazon.... It looks like we have the older 1986 edition. It has lots of pictures, some smaller but most are close to full page.

Our library does have the Real MG, but we weren't as impressed with their pictures. I'm sure your library must have other works by Lobel, so you can get an idea of his style. At the time we got ours, my daughter had a speech delay, so pictures were (and still are!) important for us to discuss.

This is a timely thread, as we've been spending a week each reading different fairy tales. We have been picking a few copies of each tale done by different author/illustrators from the library. I tend to like the ones by Paul Galdone, but I don't think he has a collection!

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 09:48 PM

I'm no expert on choosing *a* volume, but this is what was given to us ... and we (girls and boys) have enjoyed it repeatedly.

Mary Englebreit's Mother Goose

She has similar books for fairy tales and nursery tales (whatever the difference is?).

 

For Aesop, many reading lists/curriculum that I see often recommend Milo WInter's Volume of fables.

 

 


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 10:05 AM

That looks so amazing! I like that it includes so many! I had been looking at The Real Mother Goose but it's got about 305 rhymes, and I have read that many of them are not PC for a 21st century world.

But BoMG says it has over 300 rhymes and it's 176 pages.
Where as RMG has 305 rhymes and is only 128 pages.


The BoMG doesn't let you look inside, but it has a sample page. Are most of the pages like that sample shown? I mean fully Illustrated and minimal poems on each page? The BoMG is so nicely illustrated, I can see why you all get side tracked by the pictures...

But RMG has nicely done illustrations also, though the formatting is a little crowded where it puts multiple rhymes on the same page, but as it's meant for me to read to him, I don't mind that too much. There are several illustrations interspersed throughout and even some full page illustrations.

Naturally my library has neither :(

We have the Real Mother Goose and my kids absolutely adore it. I like the illustrations and it's not a huge book even with that many pages. But I didn't know Lobel had one and now I desperately want it. We love Lobel

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#8 mathmarm

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 07:24 PM

Does anyone have any suggestions on the book of Fairy Tales?

 

 



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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:04 PM

I've requested a few on inter-library loan, so I'll let you know what I think when I get them.

I did pick up Engelbreit's Nursery Tales. It looks like those are more folk tales (Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood, etc) whereas her Fairy Tales book contains "princess" stories.

The pictures are nice, however the stories have been sanitized so that nobody gets eaten and they all live happily ever after. Still, I might buy this one, as it has a high picture to word ratio, which my preschooler still needs. It just felt strange to read this version of Three Little Pigs, where all four characters are still alive at the end, and then immediately follow it with my daughter's next choice - David and Goliath (spoiler alert, in our version Goliath died, and daughter was perfectly okay with that.)

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 01:02 AM

We quite like this book of nursery rhymes - it has a nice collection but doesn't feel overhwelming. Also, the illustrations are captivating.

 

https://www.amazon.c...volland edition

 

For fairy tales, we like the books illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman: https://www.amazon.c...ine_cont_book_2

 

We also read heavily from Lang's Fairy Books, which we have on a Kindle. 

 

 


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Posted 30 March 2017 - 10:12 AM

We have Usborne books Illustrated Aesops Fables. My kids love it!
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#12 LauraBeth475

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 02:33 PM

What about DK's First Book of Fairy Tales?

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 06:18 AM

Definitely recommend this one for Aesop Fables, beautifully illustrated (look for hardback):  Aesop for Children by Milo Winter

 

For fairy tales we have used Langs books as well and like pretty well...

 

Mother Goose:  The Real Mother Goose we enjoyed and pictures and book are great!

 

HTH



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Posted 25 May 2017 - 05:05 PM

Definitely recommend this one for Aesop Fables, beautifully illustrated (look for hardback):  Aesop for Children by Milo Winter

 

For fairy tales we have used Langs books as well and like pretty well...

 

Mother Goose:  The Real Mother Goose we enjoyed and pictures and book are great!

 

HTH

 

I would like to second these recommendations!



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Posted 25 May 2017 - 08:41 PM

We have The Real Mother Goose because I found a copy at Goodwill, but the one my kids read until it literally fell apart was the Mary Engelbreit one linked above.

The Aesop collection illustrated by Milo Winters is a classic and hard to beat.