[4 years +]  The Rabbit and The Turtle – Aesop’s fables retold and illustrated by Eric Carle

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Children enjoy this book for the simple, short stories (one per opening, with an accompanying picture) without realising they are about to learn some life lessons at the same time.  It is a great way to introduce ‘moral of the story’.  Eric Carle’s illustrations are also very engaging!

Some of the fables introduce ‘don’t pretend to be someone that you’re not’, ‘treat others as you wish to be treated’, ‘friends come in all sizes and shapes’ and ‘be proud of who you are’.

The older children will have a wonderful talking point for how these fables relate to their lives.  It is also a great idea to introducing summarising – ‘what was that story about?’.

I encourage you to borrow or buy this book for your children!

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