Fairy Tales and Fables
. Sterling Children's Books . NY
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This book was originally copyrighted by Grosset and Dunlap in 1970. Our collection has a 1973 printing of that edition. The copyright was taken over by Ronald Fujikawa in 2008. Surprising about that fact is that he took over copyright not only to Fujikawa's illustrations but to Morel's texts. Now Sterling reprints that edition. The only change I can notice is in the pagination. I was originally surprised to find that this book includes the earlier edition labeled "Fairy Tales" by the same pair. As I wrote then, Morel does an excellent job of telling the fourteen fables that are here, including the morals as a final statement within the story. The bull makes an apt final comment about the gnat, for example: "It takes a small mind to be so conceited" (27). CP ends with "Where there's a will, there's always a way" (55). MSA (94) has several unusual features: baskets of produce figure in the story; all the principals fall into the water; the produce is lost; the donkey swims away. SW (51) follows the poorer version. My favorite illustration is still of the cat pulling down the tablecloth (26). Here is a great wildcard inclusion: "The Dragon and the Monkey" (42), the old "I left my heart at home" story.