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Yahoo Internet Life - Site Reviews: Kids' Books
4 Star site - June 4, 1998
Aesop's Fables Online Collection
AESOP'S FABLES ONLINE COLLECTION assembles more than 654 classic parables, about one-fifth of which are
accompanied by illustrations. More than a dozen can also be heard via RealAudio. The fables are indexed
alphabetically, with the moral of each story beside its title, so parents can quickly decide whether
tonight's bedtime lesson is going to be foreboding ("Evil wishes, like chickens, come home to
roost") or merely motivational ("Little by little does the trick"). Recently added to
the site are 127 text-only fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. -- Dean Foust
Hot Site of the Week - December 12, 1997
Blue Web'n Learning Sites Library
Aesop's Fables Online Exhibit
"John R. Long has created a Website that will be valuable to a variety of people.
Although Aesop's Fables have been online as e-texts for quite a while (i.e., even before 1994),
the clean and quick interface of this Aesop's Fables Online Exhibit make it an enjoyable site to visit.
Long has gone beyond HTML so that you can browse through the 638 fables here-in (it includes many by
Ambrose Bierce) or conduct a word search (or even view a java timeline panorama)."
"This is a fine example of the more powerful contribution a skilled Net citizen can make. One way to integrate
this Website is as a support for looking at key themes. For example, a search of the word
"truth" turned up
The Apes and the Two Travelers, a short and clear morality play on the cost of telling the truth."
"Teachers could use the site to enhance discussions on literary themes, students could access appropriate
fables as introductions to essays, and parents could add the wisdom of these tales to those inevitable
discussions on morality."
"Yahoo!'s Picks of the Week (10-20-97)"
"Of course, when the "voices" are a little too loud
and life loses its essential meaning for us, we have
a tried and true solution. We don't pick up the
latest in pop-psychology or try to buy ourselves
happiness -- no, we turn to the pithy morals of
"Many of you are surely familiar with old Aesop's
short stories and words of wisdom, written over 2500
years ago. For instance, in "The Ant and the
Grasshopper" a lazy grasshopper learns from an
industrious ant that "It is best to prepare for the
days of necessity." The site holds 393 fables,
indexed by title and moral. When we browse the
collection, suddenly we are sated with such morals as
"Clumsy jesting is no joke," "A man is known by the
company he keeps," and "Union gives strength."
"It's the place to go when you want sharp
insights, gentle humor, and lessons in life."
USA TODAY hot sites: For Wednesday, March 4, 1998
Aesop was born around the year 620 B.C. The Web was born a few years ago. But they make good
company. A whopping 654 of Aesop's Fables, including RealAudio narrations.
Yahooligans "HyperSite of the week"
Week of November 3, 1997
"This week we have a story for you:
In a field one summer's day a
Grasshopper was hopping about,
chirping and singing to its heart's
content. An Ant passed by, bearing
along with great toil an ear of corn he
was taking to the nest.
"Why not come and chat with me," said
the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and
moiling in that way?"
"I am helping to lay up food for the
winter," said the Ant, "and recommend
you to do the same."
"Why bother about winter?" said the
Grasshopper; "we have got a lot of food
But the Ant went on its way and
continued its toil. When the winter came
the Grasshopper had no food and
found itself dying of hunger, while it saw
the ants distributing every day corn and
grain from the stores they had in the
summer. Then the Grasshopper knew: It
is best to prepare for the days of necessity.
"The Ant and the Grasshopper" is just one of the
three hundred and ninety-three tales you'll find at
Aesop's Fables. A former Greek slave named Aesop
created these fables over 2500 years ago to help
solve arguments and teach important lessons. Read
each story and see if you can figure out what the
The Scout Report for Social Sciences
Volume 1, Number 13 - March 24, 1998
Aesop's Fables--Online Collection [Java],[RealAudio]
Created by John R. Long, this site will appeal to teachers, parents, children, or just about anyone who appreciates
the subtle humor, insight, and timeless wisdom of these short tales. The site features texts of 654 of Aesop's
Fables, indexed in table format, with the morals listed. Some of the Fables also offer images and RealAudio
recordings. Users will recognize many Fables, including "The Ant and the Grasshopper," "The Ass and the Mule,"
and "The Lion and the Mouse." Additional features at the site include the 127 Fairy Tales of Hans Christian
Anderson, short stories by L. Frank Baum, a Discussion Forum for posting new stories and fables, and a Java
Panorama Graphic Timeline of 1000 BC - 1000 AD.
Hyperwocky - Site of the Week 2-7-98
During the Olympics in Nagano, Japan
and "While you wait for the hairspray display of the figure skating competition, and the hipster
snowboarders, marvel at the way the Games have evolved; when you're through with the myths, snuggle up
to the computer monitor with some digital Aesop's fables in honor of the days when Greeks were gods,
men were athletes, and 30-second-spots were just a gleam in Spartacus's eyes." - NYTIMES.COM /
WorldVillage "Family Site of the Day"
"Growing up, I was fascinated by the Bullwinkle and
Rocky Show on television. I enjoyed all the
features, but really enjoyed the section called
Aesop's Fables, which satirized the stories of the
great philosopher named (what else) Aesop. Each
story had a short and simple lesson, many of
which were lost on this young viewer."
"Today's Family Site will give a visitor a chance
to read, explore, and contemplate over the actual
fables of Aesop. In a site that has been crafted
with high standards, one can read and listen to
(using RealAudio) over 350 different
and unique fables. All the familiar ones are here,
such as "Androcles and the Lion", "The Grasshopper
and the Ant" and "The Eagle and the Fox". It is
obvious that this is a labor of love, with the
layout reflecting that in the design and
presentation of the fables."
"So if you can't find the channel that is currently
showing Rocky and Bullwinkle, and have a hankerin'
for some philosophy, head on over to this page. It
will be an entertaining and rewarding visit."
Netscape Guide by Yahoo "Cool Web Sites"
11-18-97 - Over 3 weeks on the list
note: the page moved from http://guide.netscape.com/guide/cool_top.html
"Aesop's Fables: Online Exhibit - contains the
full public domain texts of 393 fables. Several
fables include RealAudio and illustrations."
A Learning in Motion Top Ten Selection
Aesop's Fables: Online Collection
- Subject Area:
- Language Arts
- Discover the tales of Aesop where there is always a moral to the story.
This site contains approximately 638 of Aesop's fables as well as stories
from Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm. Contained in these
stories full of creatures and critters, is a timeless wisdom to be applied
to the lessons of life.
- How You Can Use This Source:
- Create new morals to the stories and submit them to the site.
- Find out what constitutes a fable, and write your own.
- Write a fairy tale.
- Act out one of the fables.
Week of October 24, 1997
"In these confusing times, it is often difficult to
stay on the straight and moral path. In Grecian
times, there was Aesop around to help people remember
what was right. Aesop's Fables have been passed on
from generation to generation, and crossed time lines
with their relevance. This site provides his fables
by name and brief outline of its moral teaching."
"Today more than ever, we can you use a little
reminder of how we should be treating our fellow man.
Dynamite site of the night - December 4, 1997
"When we were kids, we heard a few of Aesop's
Fables. Heck, we only thought there were a few dozen
of them, tops. No, Aesop was a busy guy. Tonite's
site features an amazing 683 fables (though some are
close duplicates). A few are illustrated by the
French artist Gustave'a Dore, and some have RealAudio
readings of the fable in question (eloquently
provided by an 9-year-old girl, no less)."
"The most amazing thing is that the morals of these
fables are as true today as they were 2,500 years ago
when Aesop was still around."
The Internet Public Library - 10-31-97
# 1 of the TOP 10 Picks - 6-20-98
Enjoy the ageless and timeless wisdom of Aesop and his Fables from this
online collection. You’ll find over 650 enlightening tales for lessons in life and
I Hate Computers Picks - 10-24-97
Remember Aesop's Fables? Did you ever want access to all of these tales of wisdom? Well, now you
have it. This site holds 393 fables, indexed by title and moral. http://aesopfables.com/
MAC'S Picks - 10-28-97
When I was growing up (in the cave with the other Neanderthals) I read and re-read the fables of
Aesop. Now you can too - or read them to your children, at Aesop's Fables - Online Exhibit - 358
unique Aesops fables. It is a wonderful site to keep you amused and help your children to learn
values. Give it a try.
The Dog Hause Home Page - 12-20-97
There are 638 fables here, with Real Audio narrations and classic images.
A great find!
The Fur Folks Home Page - 1-20-98
Aesop's Fables are timeless. This truly comprehensive, family-oriented archive contains hundreds
of fables, many from Aesop but some from Ambrose Bierce and others by Jean de la Fontaine.
Suitable for all ages, though younger readers might not 'get' the rather political Bierce fables.
Beautiful backgrounds, some multimedia (some nice illustrations, audio clips read by the site
author's daughter), a graphical, multidisciplinary ancient history timeline that puts Aesop's lifetime
into a historical perspective, and more. Not sure what you want? You get a randomly selected fable
and picture every time you reload the main page. Users can even suggest morals for the fables that
don't have them.
Aesop's Fables for Middle School Kids - 12-1-97
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED LINK:
Aesop's Fables Online Exhibit
This award winning site shares 638 fables! It's a delight!
"Thank you for your wonderful page. We hope our help will help additional
people find this wonderful site. By the way, thanks to you, we are closing
each day, in 6th-grade, with one of your Aesop Fables. The kids love, and
many valuable discussions can be opened this way. It's a wonderful tool,
and a delight. Thank you for all your work! Best, Lin & Don Donn - Mr
Donn's Ancient History Page"
This site has many other greek, multi-cultural links and teacher resources.
Fabulae - 10-15-97
Fabulae - fables and parables from the Greek, Roman, Persian and Celtic traditions including more
information about Aesop and some good links.
BBC Online Webguide - 4-27-98
See our entry in the BBC Web Guide
This online collection of Aesop's Fables
includes a total of more than 650 stories, some
with audio or images and, of course, the
moral. Read why "One good turn deserves
another" or why you must "Try before you
trust". You can choose a random Fable or
suggest a Moral. The dictionary is always
open, so you need never leave the story
to check out a definition. There are also
more than 100 Fairy Tales by Hans Christian
Anderson. RealAudio needed.
Multnomah County Library Kids page - 11-1-97
Have you ever heard of Aesop?
"Aesop was a slave in ancient Greece who won his freedom
through his wit and his talent at storytelling. Aesop's
Fables is a wonderful site that shares over three hundred
of his famous fables!"