Aesop in California

Classic fables with a delightful California twist

Guess who just arrived in California? Aesop! Here among the plants, animals, and places of the Golden State, his timeless fables from ancient Greece take on a new vitality and immediacy. From blackberry-munching grizzlies to Hollywood house mice, this is a book to delight the eye, stimulate the imagination, and teach us some very important lessons.


"It is an imaginative and creative reworking in text and art—a gift not only for Californians, but for others far beyond its borders...This affectionate, glowing collection will be hard to resist."—Kirkus Reviews


"Our kids deserve only the best possible books. The ones that have been perfected within and inch of their lives. Hansen has done precisely that."—A Fuse #8 Production (School Library Journal blog)


"Combining extensive research, photographic field trips and some poetic license, Hansen has delivered a superbly satisfying storybook."—LA Parent Magazine

About the Author and Illustrator

Doug HansenDoug Hansen was born in Fresno, California, and is the eldest of six children in an artistic family. Doug has worked as a Fresno Bee newsroom artist, freelance illustrator, and cartoonist, and he illustrated David Mas Masumoto’s books Letters to the Valley: A Harvest of Memories and Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer, as well as Mother Goose in California and Aesop in California. He teaches rendering and illustration at his alma mater, California State University, Fresno. Visit his website at

Self-portrait by Doug Hansen