The illustrated stories include online lesson plans with grammar, phonics, theatre exercises, improvisations, dialogues, word games, vocabulary, songs, and art projects.
The list of illustrated stories is in the Stories page. Click on the covers for samples, and on the titles for the lessons. The Sample Lesson explains the active-passive structure of the lessons, so the attention of the student remains at its maximum during the class hour.
The common sense wisdom of Aesop's morals is ageless. We are never too old to be reminded to beware of flattery, greed and complacency.
Illustrated stories in verse
Aesop, born in the 7th c BC, initially wrote his stories and morals for an adult audience. He used animals in his stories so as not to offend his audience or the governing powers.
The stories were borrowed from local lore to make social statements and depict the foibles of human nature. The only one that was not borrowed is "The Frogs Who Wanted a King".
In Chapter Two they are assembled in dialogue format for a performance, or as a tool to improve reading skills.
Samples and Lesson Plans can be found in the Stories page
In English and in French
Illustrated in Verse
Sury, a cockatiel, escapes from his cage to search for the Kingdom of the Birds. In his quest, he encounters mentors to encourage him, and forms unusual friendships. He also meets some seedy characters, like Madame Lafolle who lures him into a gilded cage.
Why is he willing to go through all the trouble, all the hardship, when he's not even certain the Kingdom exists? In the end he understands what his father's friend Greybird was trying to tell him all along.
The greedy owner of a large mango tree will not share the overflow of mangos with her neighbors. Illustrated
Kaliki can't understand why his mother treats him so badly when he does the same things as his brothers and sisters.
An old dog tells him it's because his feathers are golden yellow, whereas his siblings' feathers are red. The dog and two cats help him leave the island on a boat, and he ends up on another island where the priests, because of his unusual feathers, make people believe he's a deity.
A restless shoe travels the world
Stories for young adults, children and ESL
Illustrated story in verse with fun facts on each country
English - French - Spanish
Twelve stories adapted from
with dialogues for a performance