Classic Storybook Fables
. Artisan: Workman Publishing . NY
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Here is a large-format -- about 11" x 12 ¼" -- collection of eight stories. The four fables include CP; "The Emperor's New Clothes"; BW, and BC. Other stories include "The Ugly Duckling"; "Beauty and the Beast"; "The Little Red Hen"; and "The Boy Who Went to the North Wind." After viewing plenty of computer art, I am pleased to view oil paintings. CP gets one strong double-page (44-45). One can see the water rising among the stones. Gustafson makes the "Emperor" all the more striking by placing the story in a kingdom of dogs. The naked emperor thus wears a medal and a long wig, while all of his fellow dogs are in sumptuous court clothing. The Emperor tells himself that "the procession must go on," and "the chamberlains followed behind, carrying the hem of a robe that wasn't there" (54). BW involves three different partial scenes on two pages, well arranged alongside text (56-57). My prize goes to BC with its emphasis on the applauding audience of mice (71). The text starts dramatically "The mice had had enough!" "Beauty and the Beast" is on front cover and dust-jacket. "The Emperor's New Clothes" is on the back cover and dust-jacket.