Fables in Monosyllables
. Yorkshire: S.R. Publishers, Ltd./NY: Johnson Reprint Corporation . New York ,
PZ6.L8994 Fab 1970 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A fascinating little find. The second book reviews the first book's fables (there are seventeen), with a mother moralizing first with William on ten of them and then with George on eight of them. Though the first book avoids explicit morals, the fables are overwhelmingly directed to blind obedience. In a way reminiscent of Anno's Aesop, obedience tales are created that fit traditional fable pictures and titles. The best examples of this transformation areThe Fawn and the Vine, The Two Cocks, andThe Larks. FG has to do with fox missing all his usual prey while he looks at the grapes. The dog stole the meat. The ape wants to use the cat as tongs to get the nuts! A treasure for cultural criticism.