Thursday, August 23, 2012

Portable Story Time!

Aesop's Fables Available as a Free Reading App from the Library of Congress on Read.Gov
Other Classic Books Also Online and Available to Read on Your Laptop!

From Aesop's Fables, "Two Travelers and a Bear," Milo Winter
The children's classic Aesop's Fables has been adapted and updated by the Library of Congress for reading on the Read.Gov website, as well as for downloading for usage on iPads, iPhones, and Android devices.  

The Aesop for Children interactive book is designed to be enjoyed by readers of any age. The book contains over 140 classic fables, accompanied by beautiful illustrations and interactive animations. Aesop's Fables—also called "the Aesopica"—are a collection of stories designed to teach moral lessons credited to Aesop, a Greek slave and story-teller thought to have lived between 620 and 560 BCE.

Aesop's fables are some of the most well known in the world and have been translated in multiple languages and become popular in dozens of cultures through the course of five centuries. They have been told and retold in a variety of media, from oral tradition to written storybooks to stage, film and animated cartoon versions—even in architecture.

The fables remain a popular choice for moral education of children today. Younger scholars will be able to trace the origin of aphorisms such as "sour grapes" and "a bird in the hand."

This interactive book is presented by the Library of Congress, adapted from the book The Aesop for Children: with Pictures by Milo Winter, published by Rand, McNally & Co in 1919. This work is considered to be in the public domain in the United States.

Milo Winter's pictures have been transformed for this interactive book, and now readers can interact with the charming illustrations to see and hear them move: a choosy heron eyes the fish swimming at his feet, a fox swishes his tail, a mouse chews a rope and frees a lion.

To read Aesop's Fables online, or to download the app, go to Read.Gov.

To check out the Library of Congress' complete collection of classic books formatted for online reading, click here