Fables (book)

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Author Arnold Lobel
Illustrator Arnold Lobel
Country United States
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Harper & Row
Publication date
ISBN 978-0-06-023973-2
OCLC 5829958
LC Class PZ8.2.L6 Fab

Fables is a book by Arnold Lobel. Released by Harper & Row, it was the recipient of the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1981.[1] Publishers Weekly called the book, "the most remarkable of the author-illustrator's 60-plus, bestselling award winners."[2]

For each of the twenty fables Lobel's text occupies one page, with his colour illustration on the facing page. He gives a moral to each, but while the moral is genuine, the tone of the fables is cheerful and playful rather than moralistic. For instance, in the first fable a bed-loving crocodile admires the orderly pattern of flowers on his bedroom wallpaper. When confronted with the riot of flowers in Mrs. Crocodile's garden he retreats to his bed in distress, where he is comforted by the neat floral rows of the wallpaper. After that he seldom leaves his bed, becoming a sickly shade of green. The moral is, "Without a doubt, there is such a thing as too much order."

List of Fables[edit]


  1. ^ American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present. URL accessed 27 May 2009.
  2. ^ according to the back cover of the book
Preceded by
Ox-Cart Man
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by