The Mice and the Weasels and other Aesop's Fables
. Miles Kelly Publishing . Essex, UK
PZ8.2.P375 Mice 2013 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Fifteen fables on 40 large-format pages. I am fortunate to have found a whole set of the first printing at once, and at an attractive price! The books are a further use of 200 Aesop's Fables: Favourite Fables to Share, which Miles Kelly published in 2012. Here fables are not grouped as there. Still, all of the fables in this volume were a part of the Great and Small section in that book. Though based on the earlier book, each of these pamphlets is larger in format than that book was. Though the illustrations stay proportionately the same, I notice subtle changes in the texts and titles. The Gnat and the Lion there (112) has become The Fly and the Lion here (36). A favorite of mine in this booklet is The Bald Man and the Fly (6). It has the man saying in the end to himself: I will hurt myself more than it is hurting me, if I carry on. The moral is If you seek to harm an enemy, you may only end up hurting yourself. The image of the flailing man is well done! There is another good moral to The Mice and the Weasels: Greatness carries its own dangers and punishments (14). The thick, slippery pages still contain little characters around the edges. Every fable is illustrated.