Animal Land: The Creatures of Children's Fiction.
Blount, Margaret Joan
. Avon Books . NY ,
PN1009.Z6 B55 1977 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Nicely opinionated as the cover quotation from the Christian Science Monitor proclaims. The first chapter deals extensively with Aesop and places fables between folklore and romance in genetic history. The view of fables here is rather harsh; the view may focus too much on morals. There are good comments on the history of interpretation and illustration. The original edition was done in 1974 by William Morrow and Company. I do not have it.