Best of More Aesop's Fables
. Tiny Tot Publications . Noida, India
PZ8.2.D83Bes 2012 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here are 69 fables on some 144 pages, with a T of C on 4-7. In each of the two-page configurations there is text on the left with a surrounding color frame of the story's background. The right-hand page is a full-page, simple colored picture. The typeface of the text changes to allow getting the whole text onto one page. Only the last story lacks a right-hand page and so a corresponding illustration. One finds typical Indian influence in The Hermit and the Bear, which now features a monkey and a king (142-3). Similarly, we find a crow, a fox, and a rabbit where we would expect, respectively, an eagle, a cat, and a rabbit (10). In FC, the crow steals a biscuit (32). The eagle raises the tortoise up in his beak and then lets him fly (114). Notice the error in The Crow's Advise (sic, 118). In LM's illustration, the mouse uses a sword to cut the lion's net (128)! The title-page picture repeats the good presentation of DS on 135. I am surprised to find this anecdote among the fables: King Bruce and the Spider (136), but it is a good anecdote! New to me and clever is the story The Silver Key (140) in which a traveller outwits his niggardly host. The dustjackets match the covers. The Rat and the Elephant is on the front cover. This book complements another in the series, Best of Aesop's Fables, listed under 2007/13.