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"Big, broadly brushed illustrations place the feathered or shaggy actors in nearly treeless but far from barren settings, creating a luxuriant sense of place... A distinctive, respectful selection from the Aesopian canon."
Kirkus Reviews

"Alaskan landscape painter and picture-book artist Jim Fowler illustrates 12 fables credited to Aesop, choosing Arctic animals as the characters and Arctic landscapes as the settings... Susi Gregg Fowler identifies the source fable for each story in this appealing book and ends each selection in the traditional way, with a stated moral. The writing has a storytellerís sense of pace and a colloquial manner of telling, and facing each text page is a large illustration, which helps bring the stories and their distinctive settings to life. A good addition to classroom units on fables or the Arctic, this attractive book offers a fresh interpretation of timeless tales."
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Albertina, the Animals, and Me

Albertina the Practically Perfect

Circle of Thanks

I'll See You When the Moon Is Full

When Joel Comes Home

Fog

When Summer Ends

Beautiful

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Arctic Aesop's Fables: Twelve Retold Tales
Twelve retold fables, set in the Arctic and illustrated by Jim Fowler
Published February 2013

"....Susi Gregg Fowler identifies the source fable for each story in this appealing book and ends each selection in the traditional way, with a stated moral. The writing has a storytellerís sense of pace and a colloquial manner of telling, and facing each text page is a large illustration, which helps bring the stories and their distinctive settings to life. A good addition to classroom units on fables or the Arctic, this attractive book offers a fresh interpretation of timeless tales." Booklist Online
"Big, broadly brushed illustrations place the feathered or shaggy actors in nearly treeless but far from barren settings, creating a luxuriant sense of place... A distinctive, respectful selection from the Aesopian canon."
Kirkus Reviews


Albertina, the Animals, and Me
Fortune cookies promise both Molly and Albertina that their dearest wishes will come true. While they're figuring out how to make that happen, they befriend Mona, a wonderful girl with a very scary mother.

Albertina the Practically Perfect
When Molly moves into a new neighborhood, her new friend Albertina seems perfect - until Molly finds out Albertina has betrayed her deepest secret.
"The emotional relationships as well as the events ring true in this fine tale for newly competent chapter-book fans." (School Library Journal)
"A nifty first chapter book that will claim a solid place in this growing genre." (Horn Book Magazine)

Circle of Thanks
When a mother and her son out on the tundra rescue a drowning otter pup, they set in motion a chain of rescues, animal to animal, until at last, the child is rescued and his heartfelt thank you echoes back through the chain to all the arctic animals who came before. This modern fable reminds us that we are all connected - something to be thankful for. "Fowler creates a gentle and moving affirmation of the universal ties that unite all who inhabit earth... the lyrical text has a timeless quality to it, resembling a legend handed down through the generations." (Kirkus) A selection of the Bank Street "Best of the Best" List - Outstanding Books from 1997-2008.

I'll See You When the Moon Is Full
Daddy and Abe talk about what it's like when Daddy must travel for work and how much they miss each other. They look at the moon and Daddy explains the lunar cycles and tells Abe to keep watch; he'll be back when the moon is full. "....there's much more to this story than the lunar facts. I loved this father for his gentle humor.... "[Jim Fowler's] ...strong and plain illustrations perfectly complement his wife's wry storytelling..." (New York Times Book Review). This book was a 1995 Christopher Award winner for "artistic excellence affirming the highest values of the human spirit."

When Joel Comes Home
A child eagerly awaits the arrival of her parents' best friends and the baby they have just adopted. A community of friends turns out to greet the new family.
"Shine(s) with the joy of community life." (School Library Journal). "...a warm story of friendship and supportiveness...The watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations realistically portray people of a variety of ages gathered to celebrate their friends' happiness." (Horn Book Magazine)

Fog
As the fog surrounds their home, a family listens for what message the fog might be bringing. They conclude that the fog came for music. They get out instruments and play and dance until the fog brightens and wends its way back up the mountain.


When Summer Ends
"When summer ends, I'll cry and cry," begins this story about the seasons. When mother asks why, the child recalls the joys of summer. Mother's reminders of the pleasures other seasons hold ("What about autumn?" "I don't like autumn. What about Halloween?" "Oh."....), lead the child through times to enjoy throughout the year. "A book meant to be shared in any season." (School Library Journal starred review.)

Beautiful
Uncle George, who is terminally ill, shares the magic of gardening with his nephew, and they share the first blooms together. This is as much a story about how to live as it is about how to die, a story about family love and passing on knowledge and gifts. "Burgeoning life and imminent death are contrasted in this moving story..." (School Library Journal); "Together, author and artist effectively chart both the glorious promise of the garden as well as the deeper themes of love and loss." (Publishers Weekly).