jen’s picks: favourite fables from finley and eamon
A rhyming, reimagining of a Chinese folk tale about a fox that borrows the terror of a tiger, The Gruffalo tells the story of a bold little mouse, strolling alone in the dark wood, coming face to face with predators of all kinds, but none as scary as the hungry Gruffalo. No match for the Gruffalo’s size, speed and power, the mouse uses a cunning ploy to turn the tables and secure the upper the hand. A fun, whimsical book for all ages, the Gruffalo is a modern classic.
Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman
Based on the Yiddish folktale "Joseph's overcoat," this story is about a young boy named Joseph who doesn’t want to part with the beloved blanket his grandfather made him as a baby. After years of wear and tear the treasure is tattered and worn but somehow Joseph’s grandfather miraculously alters the blanket into useful items again and again, until finally, Joseph loses the last item prompting the question, can you turn nothing into something?