In thirty-three parables, master storyteller David Davis retells age-old lessons about life, fairness, and honesty with a Texas twist. From classic stories, such as “The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs,” to new western legends, like “The Cowpoke Who Fooled His Friends,” this collection teaches children the importance of telling the truth and treating everyone with respect.
Every short story ends with a summary of the moral learned, and colorful illustrations make each tale an adventure for all readers. From the beautiful prairie godmother who grants wishes in the Guadalupe River to the sneaky coyote who tricks all the animals he encounters, every character adds Texas magic and humor to these timeless fables.
About the Author
David Davis, known for his keen sense of humor and lyrical style, has written several titles in Pelican’s Night Before Christmas Series, including Redneck Night Before Christmas, Trucker’s Night Before Christmas, and Nurse’s Night Before Christmas. His books Ten Redneck Babies and Jazz Cats were both named to the Children’s Choice Top 100 List. A finalist for the Texas Golden Spur Award, Jazz Cats was also a selection of the Accelerated Reader Program. Davis has published pen-and-ink artwork, cartoons, poems, humor, and short stories in various magazines and newspapers. He is the author of Rock ’n’ Roll Dogs, Texas Mother Goose, and Texas Zeke and the Longhorn. He won the Mississippi Press Association award in 1996 for his political cartoons. An active speaker and presenter, Davis lives in Forth Worth, Texas.
About the Illustrator
Sue Marshall Ward was born in Houston to a family of artists. Her mother worked as an illustrator, while her grandmother and aunt were both painters. After studying art at Arlington State College, now the University of Texas at Arlington, Ward began a long career in art direction, advertising, and illustration. She is the illustrator of Ten Redneck Babies, Sugar Lump’s Night Before Christmas, and Texas Mother Goose. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Ward lives in Arlington, Texas.
TEXAS AESOP’S FABLES
By David Davis
Illustrated by Sue Marshall Ward
JUVENILE FICTION / Westerns
JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / General
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.