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Natalie Portman's Fables

“Reading stories is one of the first ways we start practicing empathy. We feel for characters in stories as we might for ourselves or our own friends,” Portman said. “These classic tales have great messages (hard work pays off, perseverance and grit win over hubris and haste, abundance can be dangerous), but I hope they just feel like great stories we want to read again and again, the way I do with my children’s favorites.”

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Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer and activist Natalie Portman retells three classic fables and imbues them with wit and wisdom. 

From realizing that there is no “right” way to live to respecting our planet and learning what really makes someone a winner, the messages at the heart of Natalie Portman’s Fables are modern take on timeless life lessons. Told with a playful, kid-friendly voice and perfectly paired with Mattia’s charming artwork, Portman’s insightful retellings of The Tortoise and the Hare, The Three Little Pigs, and Country Mouse and City Mouse are ideal for reading aloud and are sure to become beloved additions to family libraries.

Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer and activist Natalie Portman retells three classic fables and imbues them with wit and gender inclusivity.

From realizing that there is no “right” way to live to respecting our planet and learning what really makes someone a winner, the messages at the heart of Natalie Portman’s Fables are modern take on timeless life lessons. Told with a playful, kid-friendly voice and perfectly paired with Mattia’s charming artwork, Portman’s insightful retellings of The Tortoise and the Hare, The Three Little Pigs, and Country Mouse and City Mouse are ideal for reading aloud and are sure to become beloved additions to family libraries.

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Virtual Events with Natalie

Tuesday, October 20

 Natalie Portman with Eva Longoria

Presented by Sixth & I and JCC of San Francisco

7:30pm ET

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Wednesday, October 21 

Natalie Portman with Gregory Maguire

Presented by SUNY Albany and Porter Square Books

7:00pm ET

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Tuesday, October 27

Natalie Portman reading and discussion

Presented by Book Revue and Escape Pod Comics

7:00pm ET

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Sunday, November 1

Natalie Portman with Justin Chang

L.A. Times Festival of the Book

2:30pm PT

Free and open to the public

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Saturday, November 7

Natalie Portman reading

Barnes & Noble National Storytime

Free and open to the public

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Saturday, November 21

Natalie Portman reading

Miami Book Fair

Free and open to the public

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About The Creators

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Natalie Portman is an Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, and activist whose credits include Leon: The Professional, Cold Mountain, Closer, V for Vendetta, the Star Wars franchise prequels, A Tale of Love and Darkness, Jackie and the forthcoming Thor: Love and Thunder. Born in Jerusalem, Israel, she is a graduate of Harvard University, and now lives with her family in Los Angeles. Natalie Portman’s Fables is her debut picture book. 


Janna Mattia
 was born and raised in San Diego. She received a degree in Illustration for Entertainment from Laguna College of Art and Design, and now works on concept and character art for film, illustration for licensing, and private commissions. This is her picture book debut. jannamattia.com

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