Aesop's Favorite Fables: More Than 130 Classic Fables for Children!
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Here is the latest in a long string of reprintings of Rand McNally's "The Aesop for Children," first printed in 1919. What is different here? First the title. Secondly, the publisher. There are further surprises here. The book is, as far as I can tell, a literal reproduction of the original. Why then say "More than 130 Classic Fables for Children!" when there are in fact 146, as in the original? This edition still fails to credit Valdemar Paulsen, as copies of the book did from the beginning, though others who used portions of it acknowledged Paulsen. A further surprise is that Bodemann seems to know nothing of this book, or of anything attributed to Milo Winter. A final mystery with this particular copy is that I bought it on eBay, and the seller is listed as treasurebookisland. Why then, did the book come with a Barnes and Noble invoice? And why was the eBay price $14.39 when Barnes and Noble sells it for $11.44? I wrote earlier that the versions of the fables here have a steady eye on correct children's behavior. The stories' actions are carefully motivated, sometimes even over-motivated. In fact, the stories have a tendency to overkill. There are good statements from the characters, made to themselves when talk with others would be inappropriate. There are some double morals.