It's Friday. Hooray! This week included late afternoon appointments, house guests and, a back-to-school night at work only to be topped off with a flu shot. Hoo boy! I think I'll use this weekend to sleep, sleep, and get a little more sleep.
I loved fables as a kid and taught a lesson using fables with students last year.
Classic Aesop fables, as translated into English aren't easy for today's kids, and English language learners to enjoy.
Someone should update fables, I thought...and so CEV with help from Robyn has. Thank you!
Out on a Limb contains ten beautiful fables in the classic tradition with updated storylines, new-to-fable animals, science facts, and great discussion questions. These stories, as fables do, share positive lessons on being a good human.
It's difficult to choose a favorite fable from Out on a Limb. But, to give you a taste of the writing, here is a tiny bit from The Vulture and The Turkey:
"We all live; we all die," said the Vulture.
The other birds looked at each other.
"Well, we vultures take care of the dead bodies," she continued.
"That means, we keep disease
away. You don't get sick, and then you can sing,
drill holes, or strut around as you please."
No one spoke.
"You know the saying, It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it?"
the Vulture asked. "Well, I am somebody."
After reading Out on a Limb, I thought I'd write my own fable. After several poor starts, I learned just how challenging it can be! I finally scribbled out a beginning, middle, and end of a fable about a jaguar cub (my school's mascot is a jaguar). I found a lesson from a list of Reminders For Hard Days from WholeHearted School Counselor on Teachers Pay Teachers. That really helped me set the moral of the story.
Here's the fable...don't feel obligated to read it. I summarize the highlights in the poem below from words found throughout the fable.
Thank you, Robyn, for sharing your new book with us. I love it!
There's a new blitz poem on word's padlet: https://padlet.com/mitchellhubeimom/word-bwfgg0bqmjhf62fd/wish/2714447052