Fables About Aesop

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Fables About Aesop is a series of beautiful Mark Dahle Portfolios.

Each book in the series includes includes a colorful abstract painting, more than twenty beautiful photographs, and a story about Aesop.

Books in the series include:

1 The Grasshopper And The Flea: Some Things Never Change

2 The Birth Of Aesop: A Little Luck Changes Everything

3 What The Rooster Said: Truth Can't Be Special Ordered

4 The Sea Bream: No Life Lasts Forever

5 Tad And The Frogs: Friends Can Be Found In Unusual Places

6 Aesop's New Gang: Bad Habits Multiply If They Can

7 The Tortoise And The Gecko: Doing Good Opens Paths To Hidden Treasure

8 The Mice And The Vole: Love Sees What Others Can't

Unlike many picture books, the story in each book is not related to the photographs or painting.

From the first book:

Aesop was worried. He liked the morals at the end of his stories to stay put. But he had just written about a grasshopper and a flea, and the moral was hopping around.

The books are suitable for older kids and adults.


Books in the series

Order Book #1 from Amazon

Or see our complete list of Mark Dahle Portfolios.


About Mark Dahle Portfolios

Mark Dahle Portfolios can be read in a few minutes and then enjoyed for a lifetime. Thought-provoking and beautiful, they feature an unusual combination of compelling photographs, brilliant paintings and deceptively simple text.

The short, 50-page books have several different kinds of fans. The portfolios were created for art collectors who don't mind feeling initially disoriented as they look at art. But because of the enjoyable stories, the portfolios are also popular with grandparents and parents who want to encourage reading, and with kids of all ages who like the stories.

Unlike most picture books, the text is not related to the art next to it. This might seem a little weird to adults. Kids, however, seem to roll with the discontinuity just fine.

The portfolios encourage adults bothered by the unusual layout to order more books until they get used to it. Anyone following this advice has plenty of portfolios to choose from; more than 50 have been released to date in a wide variety of styles and genres.

For more information, check out the article: What are artists’ books?


Information for art collectors

Mark Dahle Portfolios are individually dated, giving collectors bragging rights over people who acquire their copies later.

In addition, ten large 13 x 19 inch versions of each portfolio are available. Five of the ten are already reserved; five are available to individual art collectors and organizations.

You can find more information here: Special Edition Portfolios for Art Collectors