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The Bundle of Sticks
The best illustrations here are of the five sons' exasperation in trying to break the bundle. [x]
The Groaning Volcano
This version is perhaps this series' most extensive (and confused?) transformation of a traditional fable. The volcano groans. Some think it is an earthquake; women think that there is a giant inside the mountain wanting ...
The Prince and the Cat
Note that the beloved here is a prince. The angle (sic) of love appears at the castle in response to the cat's crying. Here the transformation has as its explicit condition that the cat change her whole nature, and the ...
The cock and the Fox
The Chanticleer story is here in its basic outlines. This is my cock is the mouth-opening cry of the fox that lets the cock loose. People arrive in time to beat this fox. The moral may lack grammar but takes an interesting ...
The Big Crab and a Little Crab
Note that these two crabs are not (as is traditional for this fable) related to each other. The problem seems to be not whether the crab will walk forward but whether it will walk straight. Look to yourself before criticism ...
The Oak and the Reed
My favorite sentence in this story is The reed still leans along the strong wind.
Androcles and the Lion
(Holiday House, 1989)
A well-told big-book version that helps the story by having the cruel master shackle Androcles and by making Androcles a friend of animals before he meets the lion. The best illustration has the lion holding his paw over ...
Molitor Filiusque cum Asello Suo
(Whittlesey House: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1962)
I did not suspect the existence of this book and found it by chance on the Foreign Language shelf of the children's section in the library's bookstore. What a find! Goodwin Beach's Latin is fine. I may even try it with ...
la liebre y la tortuga
(Ediciones La GaleralaGalera, 1973)
This version places the story outside Barcelona. The best of the illustrations is of the bunny sleeping against a tree. This rabbit napped until the turtle caught up. Then the rabbit took off to Vic and there had dinner ...
The Wolf in Sheep's skin
This version turns out to be fascinating. The illustrations present a skin that covers only the trunk of the wolf's body, like a blanket or poncho. Much of the story loses its point, I believe, if the fable is presented ...