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Book Title: The Fox and the Grapes|
The author of the book: Christopher E. Long
Edition: Magic Wagon
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 3.4
Date of issue: January 1st 2010
ISBN 13: 9781602705531
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Reading Log #9- Fable
Title The Fox and the Grapes
Author: Christopher E. Long
Illustrator John Cboins
Genre: Fable, Picture Book
Theme(s): Not giving up/ fighting for what you want.
Opening line/sentence Fox slept in the cool shade.
Brief Book Summary This story is about a fox that spends his day watching others work and waiting for them to bring him food. However, when he is alone he feels that it is more difficult to get food for himself. Once the fox doesn’t have something handed to him he realizes that it is easy to despise what he can’t have. This causes a difficult problem for him.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1
Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D. (Children's Literature)
The message behind the expression of sour grapes is lost in this convoluted retelling of the familiar fable. Fox s mother tells him he should find some lunch, but Fox asserts that someone will bring him something to eat. His mother points to his brother who is jumping to get an apple from a nearby tree and tells Fox that food tastes better when you work to get it. Fox continues to laze around and his brother gives him his hard-earned apple reinforcing Foxes notion that someone else will provide for his needs. Later Fox walks into the forest looking for his family--not because he is hungry--and spots some grapes growing high on a vine. He jumps up several times, but does not reach them and concludes that they are sour anyway. The stated moral at the end is It s easy to despise what you cannot have. Unfortunately, it does not appear that Fox learned that, or any other, lesson. The illustrations featuring angular-shaped foxes against dark backgrounds are unappealing. Better choices for sharing this fable are readily available. It is a part of the Short Tales Fables series
Professional Recommendation/Review #2
Kathleen Olmstead, Sterling 2014
These simplistic retellings of the fox strip away any drama and subtlety of language, leaving readers with basic plot summaries of these familiar, oft-retold tales--and zero source information. The illustrations are similarly uninspired and range from inoffensive to verging on cartoonish. The books' low price is a plus, but one gets what one pays for.
Response to Two Professional Reviews
I found that since this isn’t a very well known book, the reviews didn’t have that much quality information to add. With Kennemer’s review she says the illustrations featuring angular shapes against dark backgrounds are unappealing. However, I thought that it made the story very interesting and made the pictures unique. I liked how she added that the fox didn’t learn his lesson at the end that it is easy to despise what you can’t have. This was an important asset to this fable. In addition, Olmstead’s’ review didn’t say great things about the story. That the story has a basic plot with zero source information. However, I felt that it was a cute fable that had a great moral.
Evaluation of Literary Elements
This fable is a great read for young students. This is because the unique pictures look like cartoons. The cartoons make it more realistic and grabs the attention of the students. Also, Long puts only one sentence on a page to showcase the pictures. These pictures could tell the story based on the expressions on the foxes faces. In addition, Long incorporates dialogue with the fox and all the actions he decides to take. This makes students able to follow the story. Since this is a fable it gives a clear moral that shows students what they should/ shouldn’t do. Even though it doesn’t seem as if the fox learned his lesson, students will be able to see what is the right thing to do based off the trouble the fox gets in when he doesn’t get their way.
Consideration of Instructional Application
I think this fable is a great addition to have in the classroom where students could do activities with it. The most important part about a fable is that it is with animals that usually shows a clear moral. This is an important type of story that I think students should be aware of. The teacher will read aloud this fable and show all the pictures. After the students will decide what they think the moral is. After the students will pick out a fable in small groups that the teacher provides. The teacher will have various morals to choose from. They will see what the morals are in the story. Then they will act out these morals. They could do it in a skit any way they want. Then they will preform what the moral is by also being the animals in the selected stories. The students will guess what they are trying to indicate. The students will have a fun time doing this and will see the true meaning to what fables are.
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Read information about the authorChristopher E. Long’s comic books have been published by the likes of Marvel Comics, DC Comics, IDW Publishing and Image Comics.
His articles and short stories have been published in a variety of magazines, including Flaunt, Spinetingler Magazine, and Thuglit.
His first published comic book was “Easy Way,” which he got the title tattooed on his arm. “Hero Worship” is his debut young adult novel, so he’s getting that tattooed on his arm soon.
Christopher was born in Seattle, Washington, raised in Logan, Utah, and currently lives in Southern California with his wife and son.
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