. Lion Children's: Lion Hudson . Oxford
xPZ8.2.M356Li 2011 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is an extra copy of this book. I agree with the back cover of both the book and the dust-jacket: A perceptive retelling of 28 classic fables, full of wit and wisdom, and a book to treasure for a lifetime. This is a worthy recent entry into the long fable tradition. The texts of the fables seem lively and engaging. The illustrations are done, one or two to each story, in a primitive style that I find engaging. Do not miss, for example, the matching pictures of father and daughters (35 and 36). Again, two images portray four excellent faces for FS (54-55). And again in SW, there are two strong contrasting images (82-83). Do not miss finally the dramatic second image in BW (119). Each story's title is marked with a standard image: Are those olives or grapes? And each fable's moral is framed in a standard box with an accompanying animal. As is utterly appropriate for this book's approach to Aesop, the author adds a good pair of pieces at the end on Aesop and on herself.