These stories, loved for centuries by both children and adults, are known for their charm and simplicity. Handed down by Aesop, a slave who lived in ancient Greece, these tales of adventures of animals, birds, beasts each have a hidden message, many of them familiar, such as "Look before you leap" from "The Fox and the Goat." This Dover edition is an unabridged republication of The Aesop for Children, published by Rand McNally & Company, Chicago, in 1919. This gift edition of more than a 130 of Aesop's beloved fables, enhanced with full-color illustrations, includes a new audio recording—by a diverse cast of professional readers—of 42 of the most popular stories. Stories from Aesop's Fables are suggested in the Teacher's Guide of Hewitt's Grade-1 Lightning Literature & Composition. The reading level can be difficult for elementary-aged children, but the CD can help. The books can be purchased separately or in a pack (see Related Items below).