Aesop's Fables: The Classic Edition
. Applesauce: Cider Mill Press . NY
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This impressive large (10" x 12¾") book has a significant history. Jellybean Press did Santore's original version, printed in Italy, in 1988. It was about ⅜" larger each way than this book. It had FG on its front cover and dust-jacket. And it had no morals attached to its text. It had a five-page foreword by Patricia Barrett Perkins. Santore's work then was the background for some of the illustrations in Merrill Lynch's opulent advertising campaign launched during the '92 winter Olympic games. Then in 2010 Kohl's Cares reprinted the book and sold it for $5 in an edition printed by Sterling Press in China. That edition added morals and substituted a foreword by Santore for the earlier foreword. A selection from the large final foldout wrapped around from back cover through the front, with the same repeated on the dust-jacket. Now this present edition returns to the larger format of the original edition but includes the added features from 2010, including cover art, foreword, and morals. As I wrote about the first edition, the art is big, witty, and strong. In the triple foldout -- here labeled as a "stunning gatefold" on the dust-jacket -- the animals from all the fables reappear at the end of the TH race. Also excellent is the illustration for "The Monkey as King" (29).