The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs and other Aesop's Fables
. Miles Kelly Publishing . Essex, UK ,
PZ8.2.P375 Goose 2013 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Fourteen 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 Deadly Sins 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 Stag and the Vine there (164) has become The Deer and the Vine here (4). The Boy and the Filberts there (147) has become The Boy and the Nuts here (29). The plane tree there (151) has become a sycamore here (31). The Thrush and the Fowler there (118) has become The Blackbird and the Hunter here (38). This last fable's text has been altered in several places. The Two Neighbors is for me a new version of The Greedy Man and the Envious Man (6). Two neighbors ask Zeus to give them their hearts' desires. Zeus decides to give the greedy man the gold he wants but his envious neighbor twice as much. The greedy man's delight is short-lived when he learns of his neighbor's even better fortune. The envious man is unhappy because his neighbor has received anything. He wishes that his neighbor would lose one of his eyes. It happens, and the envious man also loses both of his own eyes! In The Miser and His Gold, the neighbor advises the miser to come every night and look at his now empty hole. It will do you just as much good (22). The Boy and the Nuts is particularly well illustrated (29). The thick, slippery pages still contain little characters around the edges. Every fable is illustrated.