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Animal Kingdom

Fabulous Fables: Great for Kids and for Composers

Francis Poulenc with Mickey

The Animal Kingdom is WFMT’s Theme for February.

Everybody knows the expression, sour grapes, from the Aesop classic “The Fox and the Grapes.” 17th century French poet Jean de la Fontaine set 124 such fables to verse; little moral lessons often starring members of the animal kingdom. It was la Fontaine’s set that inspired Francis Poulenc to compose a ballet called Les animaux modeles