Aesop’s fables Coloring book
Aesop, the legendary fabulist of ancient Greece, gave us rules to live by through his famous fables. His stories teach us about the benefits of being kind, humble, cautious, and grateful. They teach us about fairness, hard work, and the difficult things in the world. And they teach us that it is best to be ourselves.
When artist Charles Santore set out to illustrate his selection of Aesop s fables, he chose those featuring animals rather than people. The animal kingdom, with its huge variety of characters, provides perfect examples of what it means to be human. The wily fox, the stubborn goat, the wise mouse, and all the other animals, in their own ways, represent the different parts of who we are.
Santore, who is best known for his lush, narrative illustration of children s classics, has decided to share his drawings of Aesop s fables here for you to color. His black-and-white drawings helped him create the watercolor paintings shown on the inside of this coloring book s covers. As you color, you can think about how you might draw some of these stories. When you ve finished, you can use the blank pages at the back of the coloring book to illustrate your favorite fables.
Award-winning artist Charles Santore has illustrated more than twenty children s picture books, including Aesop s Fables, The Wizard of Oz, and The Velveteen Rabbit. In addition to these touchstones of children s literature, Santore has written and illustrated storybooks of his own, including The Silk Princess and A Stowaway on Noah s Ark.