Aesop’s Fables

The author makes the point that Aesop knew so much about African animals that he must surely have been African himself – and Piet provides a glorious picture of a bound figure seated on a leopard trotting past a baobab tree. From there on, 16 fables are presented inside African borders, with pictures full of Piet’s stylish animals, and with crisp, local storytelling. So we have the tale of “The Rinkhals and the Snake-Eagle”, elsewhere Jackal replaces Fox, and the Farmer and his children are truly African. Oh, what a magnificent picture book! What delightful retelling of the fables! Some of the very best work from both author and artist.

By Beverley Naidoo

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