This book would be perfect for teaching perspective writing. Mastro has taken Aesop's well known fables and written them from the perspective of Aesop as a child. Aesop is a cute little raccoon in the stories. The stories all begin with Aesop's grandmother encouraging him to go out into the world to find answers for himself. Aseop ventures out and tells the stories of "The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs", "Three Equal Shares", and "The Oak and the Grass" from his point of view. He encounters characters along the way that help explain the fables to him. This way of telling the story of these beloved fables helps children to understand the morals of the stories more clearly. This book could lead into a wonderful writing activity. Students could choose another fable or fairy tale and become a character in the story. Their character could tell the reader the story from an outsiders point of view.
Another wonderful piece to Mastro's fable books is his Common Core Teachers Guide for Books 1 and 2. You can purchase it at Teachers Notebook. A Book 3 is in the works! You can find both books for sale on amazon.com. Click on the pictures below to look inside each book.