Aesop's Fables Deluxe

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Aesop's Fables Deluxe

An Easy-to-Use Language Arts Play for Elementary School

Grades K-3
5-25 minutes (see note below)
$39.95
(2 or more Book/CD sets @ $30 each)

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Includes script, teacher's guide, and audio CD. The CD has all the songs recorded twice: first with singing, so you and your students can learn the songs, and then without voices so your students can perform without us singing along.

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For individual teachers/classes:
Book/CD - $39.95 for 1, $30/ea for 2+
Hint: order 1 for each teacher. (details)

For 3+ teachers or whole schools:
Site License - $75.00
Comes with 3 copies of book/CD plus unlimited photocopying rights (details)
School/site name:

Musical extras:
Piano/Guitar Score - $9.95 (details)
Extra/Replacement CD - $9.95

Or order by phone, fax or PO

This Musical can be done as a complete play, skits, reader's theater, or you can just sing songs. No music or drama experience needed!

Our Easiest Show!

We've put together a handful of Aesop's fables into a format especially written for young students. The songs are simple and playful, encouraging students to delight in the sounds of language while they practice basic word-building skills. The play is a great tool for helping students build phonemic awareness and improve reading, spelling, and reading comprehension skills.

The duration of the show is anywhere from 5 minutes to 25 minutes, depending upon how many Fables you choose to perform. We have designed this show so you can have your kids perform all of the songs, or you can select just those tales that suit your needs (the amount of time you have to rehearse or perform, your students’ skills, etc.). You can simply skip over those tracks you don’t perform. We've also left it up to you and your students to examine the tales for issues of character and value-building.

Aesop's Fables Deluxe is a great complement to your curriculum resources in elementary school language arts. Like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance and music skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills (read about it!) -- all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget!

Featured Fables

  • Fox and Sour Grapes
  • The Toad and the Ox
  • The Dog and the Bone
  • The Tortoise and the Hare
  • The Boy Who Cried 'Wolf' (and our spin, The Boy Who Cried 'Walf')
  • Androcles and the Lion
  • The Crow and the Pitcher
  • The Dove and the Ant
  • The Lion and the Mouse
Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)
ISBN: 978-1-886588-15-8
© 1999 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

"I just wanted to let you know that 'Aesop's Fables' was very successful! You are absolutely correct that this is great for word building, phonological awareness and language. I have 12 English Language learners (levels 2 and 3) in my class of second graders. They were ALL highly successful. I appreciate your creativity and talent and your ability to make it accessible for the general classroom teacher."

---Monique Poldberg (2nd grade) Butterfield Elementary, Lake Elsinore, CA

"What an absolute delight! It brought out the Musical side of my students and they had a lot of fun. I could hear the Musical gifts of many of the students as well as see how the play connected with many of our district's standards. It was a way of differentiating instruction which was fantastic. I will use your wonderful plays throughout the new school year! Thanks for creating this treasure."

---Sonia Lockert, Teacher (2nd grade), Dollahan Elementary, Rialto, CA

"We used some of the songs which the children loved. They will remember doing this play for years---each child had an opportunity to shine in his or her own way."

---Barbara Pohlman, Teacher (1st grade), Incarnation Elementary, Collierville, TN

"There are parts for lots of children, catchy tunes, and it was easily adaptable to fit our needs...There are so many children who have the chance to shine in a way that isn't always obvious in the classroom. I have had students 'discover' that they have so much talent in the singing/acting curriculum."

---Karen Beisee, Teacher (1st-2nd grades), Evergreen School, Eugene, OR

"I liked that it was so adaptable to our needs. The music was fabulous. I would tell a teacher who has never done a play to invest in one of yours. It is well worth it. Ya'll did a great job!"

---Barbara Chauvin, Teacher (2nd grade) Chateau Estates School, Kenner, LA

"Thank you again for providing the materials that work beautifully with my students. If you eliminated any one of the ingredients (humor, song, CDs, accessible language, illustrations, staging suggestions, familiar themes, age-appropriate language, et al.), we could never have enjoyed such success. The children and I are grateful."

---Maggie O'Hara, Teacher, Del Rey School, King City, CA

"This play was a true success when performed by my second grade class and their 6th grade 'Discovery Buddies.' The students worked together to perform the play for the entire school and enjoyed every minute of it. We combined this play with a unit study of fables in second grade and were able to add some fables of our own to the play. The songs and the messages behind the fables were understood and enjoyed by both grade levels."

---Kirstina Frazier, Teacher (2nd grade), Andover Elementary, Andover, CT

"Kids love to be creative and this allows for that. There is not a lot of time to do the fun things that we as teachers enjoy doing but these plays are easy to adapt. It can be short or long, simple or elaborate. I love to use it to wrap up the end of the school year. It is something the kids look forward to and remember forever. Not to mention it is standards based and allows for all academic levels and ESL learners to participate."

---Crystal Albrecht, Teacher (1st-2nd grade), Patterson Elementary, Fremont, CA

"I love that the songs are funny, educational, easy to sing, and easy to learn for younger children."

---Jan Kane, Teacher (pre-K), Lakeside Preschool, Lakeside Park, KY

Casting

Flexible casting from 8-40 students.
You can have all your class sing every song;
or you can have several students take the part
of an animal; or you can have individual students
take solo parts. Note that all roles can be played by either boys or girls.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Storytellers
Fox
Toad
Dog
Hare, Tortoise
Boy, Wolf
Androcles, Lion
Crow
Dove, Ant
Lion, Mouse
(We recommend that all the songs be sung by the entire class.
Individual animals can act out the actions of the song.)

(STUDENTS act out the various activities mentioned in their song as
individual students sing the first lines of each verse.)

Song 1

STUDENT A: We mop
STUDENT B: We chop
STUDENT C: We drop
STUDENT C: We hop

CLASS:
But we can’t top Aesop’s fables
Can’t top Aesop’s fables
Can’t top Aesop’s fables now.

STUDENT E: We pop
STUDENT F: We bop
STUDENT G: We flop
STUDENT H: We stop

CLASS:
But we can’t top Aesop’s fables
Can’t top Aesop’s fables
Can’t top Aesop’s fables now.

Lots of famous stories
Now we’ve made them choral
Lots of famous stories
Even with a moral or two
Lots of famous stories for you.

We mop
We chop
We drop
We hop
But we can’t top Aesop’s fables
Can’t top Aesop’s fables
Can’t top Aesop’s fables now.

STORYTELLER (as FOX acts out the attempt to get grapes): Our first
fable is the story of the fox and the grapes. A fox tried to steal some ripe,
juicy grapes off a vine. But the grapes were too high for him to reach.

Song 2 - Listen now!

CLASS:
Big red grapes up on the vine
Big red grapes wish they were mine
Big red grapes too high for me
Big red grapes not ripe I see
I’m sure that they must be
Sour sour grapes
I’m sure that they must be sour grapes.

Purple grapes a lovely bunch
Purple grapes I’d love to munch
Purple grapes too high for me
Purple grapes not ripe I see
I’m sure that they must be
Sour sour grapes
I’m sure that they must be sour grapes.

Woh oh oh
No matter what you say
Woh oh oh
Didn’t want them anyway.

Chartreuse grapes best I have seen
Chartreuse grapes nice shade of green
Chartreuse grapes too high for me
Chartreuse grapes not ripe I see
I’m sure that they must be
Sour sour grapes
I’m sure that they must be sour grapes.
I’m sure that they must be sour grapes.

STORYTELLER: This is the story of the toad and the ox. One day a
Toad saw an ox and wanted to be as big as he was. He took a very big
breath and puffed himself out as big as he could.

TOAD: “Am I as big as that ox now?”

CLASS: NO!

STORYTELLER: So the Toad kept puffing himself out, bigger and bigger.

Song 3 - Listen now!

CLASS:
A crack in his back
A pop when he hopped
A rip in the tip of his nose
A creak and a squeak
A shriek from his cheek
Oh no Mister Toad don’t explode!

Yi dee di di di dee di
Yi dee di di di
Yi dee di di di di
Yi di di.

TOAD: Look, am I as big as an ox yet?

CLASS:
A whine in his spine
A peep when he leaps
A bit of a split in his toes
A snap and a clap
A gap in his lap
Oh no Mister Toad don’t explode!

Yi dee di di di dee di
Yi dee di di di
Yi dee di di di di
Yi di di.

TOAD: Look look, now am I as big as an ox?

CLASS:
A crack in his back
A pop when he hopped
A rip in the tip of his nose
A creak and a squeak
A shriek from his cheek
Oh no Mister Toad explodes!

(accompanied by students making exploding sounds)

Yi dee di di di dee di
Yi dee di di di
Yi dee di di di di
Yi di di.

Yi dee di di di dee di
Yi dee di di di
Yi dee di di di di
Yi di di.

(There is a board of some kind in front of the stage with three very large,
movable block letters that spell out D O G. As STORYTELLERS tell the
opening story, we see a DOG act out the tale on stage.)

STORYTELLER: Our next tale is about the dog and the bone. Once
there was a very hungry dog who found three bones that spelled out
D-O-G. He picked up the D in his mouth and started home. As he crossed
a bridge, he looked down and saw his reflection in the water. He thought
he saw another dog with another bone. Being very greedy, he opened his
mouth to snap at the D in the reflection. But when he opened his mouth,
his bone fell out, dropped into the water, and disappeared.

Song 4 - Listen now!

CLASS:
I once was a dog
But then I lost my D
That letter I love
Floated out to the sea.

I once was a dog
Won’t you help little me?
I can’t be a dog
If I don’t start with D.

(As CLASS sings its lines, either they hold big cards with letters, or
maybe just one student holds up a big letter on the board that had the
D O G and now just has O G):

CLASS: How ’bout an F?

DOG: I’d be lost in a fog

CLASS: Here’s a nice J

DOG: Should I go for a jog?

CLASS: What about L?

DOG: Do I look like a log?

CLASS: Try on this H

DOG: Now you’ve made me a hog!

CLASS:
I once was a dog
But then I lost my D
So who am I now?
What am I going to be?

I once was a dog
Now there’s just O and G
I can’t be a dog
If I don’t start with D.

CLASS: How ’bout an F?

DOG: I’d be lost in a fog

CLASS: Here’s a nice J

DOG: Should I go for a jog?

CLASS: What about L?

DOG: Do I look like a log?

CLASS: Try on this H

DOG: Now you’ve made me a hog!

I once was a dog
I once was a dog
I once was a dog.

(This concludes the first one-third of the script.)

Sample Songs

Click on the song name to hear samples. Please note that internet song samples have low fidelity and rest assured that the CDs we sell sound much better! (This player requires Flash. If you have any trouble hearing the samples, just contact us for help.)


Full Song List

1. "We Can’t Top Aesop’s Fables"
2. "Sour Grapes"
3. "Oh No, Mr. Toad"
4. "I Once was a Dog"
5. "Hippity Hoppity"
6. "The Boy Who Cried Walf"
7. "Thorns in my Paws"
8. "Thorns in my Paws: Reprise"
9. "1, 2, 3, 4"
10. "A E I O U"
11. "Some Day I Will Help You"
12. "Some Day I Will Help You: Reprise"
13. "We Can’t Top Aesop’s Fables"

Common Core and Other National Standards

Language Arts

  • Aesop's Fables was specifically written to improve phonological awareness for younger students, fulfilling common core reading standards
  • Common Core Reading Standards for Literature: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Reading Standards: Foundational Skills:
    • K and 1st: Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition
    • 2nd: Phonics and Word Recognition
    • 3rd, 4th, 5th: Phonics and Word Recognition, Fluency
  • Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Language Standards: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Standard 10: Range, Quality & Complexity: Range of Text Types for K-5th

History/Social Studies

Fine Arts

  • National Music Standards 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
  • National Theater Standards 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
  • National Dance Standards 1 and 2 for K-4th

Vocabulary

fable flop choral moral "sour grapes" munch
chartreuse puffed shriek spine peep gap
trudge shepherd vowel thigh calf grateful
emperor arena recognized plenty spare vowed
various individual