. Harper & Row .
(cf. 558.1 )
PZ8.2.L6Fab 1983 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This copy of Nobel's wonderful work is almost exactly like a softbound copy received from Liz Willems. The one difference I can note is the absence of a bar code on the back cover. Might that make it an earlier printing? Added to this book is a Lobel cartoon with his signature on the first title-page and a dating, 1983. Here is a curiosity: Lobel signed my hardbound version of the book from Mad Dog and Pilgrim in Denver with almost exactly the same cartoon: a profile of a pelican face. Let me add what I wrote on the Willems gift. A Caldecott Award winner, and rightly so. One-page tales, perhaps animal short stories rather than fables, face excellent illustrations. The best are perhaps "The Hen and the Apple Tree" and "The Elephant and the Sun," but also good are "King Lion and the Beetle," "Baboon's Umbrella," "The Ostrich in Love," "The Poor Old Dog," "The Pelican and the Crane," and "The Mouse at the Seashore." Contrast "Camel" with the Aesopic fable on the same subject.