The Fables of La Fontaine

A Selection in English

Jean de La Fontaine; Illustrated by Jean-Noël Rochut; Translated by C. J. Moore

Out of print

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A new translation into English of over one hundred of La Fontaine's best-loved fables for children, illustrated in colour.

276 x 214 mm
Floris Books
Story Books & Anthologies
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 8 to 11 years
224 pages
Publication date:
21 Sep 2006


This book brings together over one hundred of Jean de La Fontaine's best-loved fables for children, in a magnificent new English translation by C. J. Moore (author of In Other Words: A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World). There are full colour illustrations throughout.

Borrowing his inspiration and material unashamedly from Aesop's fables, La Fontaine wrote his stories in French verse in the latter half of the seventeeth century, and they have been popular classics ever since. Timeless stories of countryfolk, heroes from Greek mythology and familiar creatures, each tale contains a moral for living, just as relevant today as 300 years ago.

Fables in this collection include favourites such as The Tortoise and the Hare, The Grasshopper and the Ant, and The Raven and the Fox.


'Incisive, satirical and always insightful, this selection includes such classics as "The Two Mules" one with his load of salt and the other of sponges and is told with lyrical, rhyming, poetic diction.
Perfect tales with bite at their beginnings and the characteristic sting of the moral at their ending, these translations of the fables are fresh, fun and filled with verve and vitality.'
--Jake Hope, Achuka


Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) was born at Chateau-Thierry in the Champagne region of France, and is probably the most widely-read French poet of the seventeenth century. He counted Racine and Moliere among his close friends and was elected to the Academie Francaise in 1684. His Fables, the first of six books of which was published in 1668, were a great success, and continue to be taught widely in French schools.

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