Former British Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo collects 17 animal fables from around the world in his Greatest Animal Stories (Barron’s, $16.99). Morpurgo prefaces each tale by comparing and contrasting it to others in the collection, making connections between cultures and thus providing a global context. In the spirit of Aesop’s Fables, Morpurgo also ends each chapter by identifying the moral of the story. His choice to use several writers and illustrators conveys a sense of many voices speaking to the reader with every turn of the page. Ages 8-11.