The wind and the sun book
The Wind and the Sun by AesopTitle: The Wind and the Sun
Author: Aesop and Bernadette Watts
Theme(s): Kindness, strength is not always key
Opening line/sentence: The wind and the sun were disputing which was the stronger.
Brief Book Summary:
The fable starts off with the wind and the sun trying to decide who is stronger. A peasant passes by and they say whoever can get him to take off his coat is stronger. The wind blew and blew but the peasant was so cold so he did not take off his coat. It wasn’t until the sun came out that the peasant took his coat off. In the end kindness (the sun) wins.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
Horn book- Watts, Bernadette The Wind and the Sun: An Aesop Fable
26 pp. North-South ISBN 1-55855-162-6 PE ISBN 1-55858-163-4
(3) K-3 series. A quiet country setting and gentle pastels support this pleasant fable, in which the sun and wind test their strength on a peasant traveling along the road. Clear language in this translated version makes the tale accessible to young readers.
Folktales/Myths/and Legends; Fables; Books in translation
Professional Recommendation/Review #2:
CLCD- Leone McDermott (Booklist, Jan. 15, 1993 (Vol. 89, No. 10)) Watts gives a warm rendition of Aesop’s fable about the power of genteelness. The wind and the sun set a test to determine which of the two is stronger: the winner will be the one who can remove the coat from a traveler’s back. The wind tries, in vain, to blow the coat off. Bu the sun simply shines more warmly, and soon the man removes the coat himself. Watts’ retelling is simple and clear, with just a few lines of text per page. Her crayon-and-pen illustrations focus on a countryside full of trees, animals, flowers, and houses. The pictures are sweeping and expansive yet sweet and delicate in quality, and contain many engaging details. Colors are appropriately sunny in shades of yellow, orange, and yellow-green. A beguiling version of a timeless tale. Category: For the Young. 1992, North-South Books, $14.95 and $14.88. Ages 4-7. (Publisher: North-South Books (New York); (Great Britain), Published: c1992).
Response to Two Professional Reviews:
The Horn Book review was very brief but to the point; I agree that the clear language in this version makes it better for younger readers. The CLCD review is very good as well because it talks about how the pictures go along with story and they are not too overwhelming but pretty and delicate. It also is good that the CLCD noticed that it is only a few lines per text so it is great as a children’s book.
Evaluation of Literary Elements:
The pictures in this book go along perfectly with the story and make the story more interesting and attractive. The writing is also very smooth and was made kid friendly. It was also made kid friendly by only putting a few words on each of the pages.
Consideration of Instructional Application:
This book would be great to use for teaching about fables. It would be good to teach the children about what a fable is and what it all includes and then read this story to them to give an example. It would also be a good book for an early reader since it is not too long or to hard to read.
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The wind and the sun bet on which can force a man to remove a coat. The sun wins. Kindness effects more than severity. Aesop For Children. The North Wind and the Sun had a quarrel about which of them was the stronger. While they were disputing with much heat and bluster, a Traveler passed along the road wrapped in a cloak. But he immediately wrapped it closely around him, and the harder the Wind blew, the tighter he held it to him.
Podcast: Play in new window Download. I am Ariel Goodbody, your host for this show. The name of the story is The North Wind and the Sun. You can find a transcript of the episode at EasyStoriesinEnglish. This contains the full story, as well as my conversation before it. They were written in Ancient Greece.