The Frog and the Ox and other Aesop's Fables
. Miles Kelly Publishing . Essex, UK ,
PZ8.2.P375 Frog 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 Funny Fates 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. Thus The Gnat and the Bull there (52) has become The Fly and the Bull here (24). OF does not have the usual explosion. Instead all the breath whooshed out of him and he flew up and away, zipping around like a balloon! (20). The illustration cleverly follows suit with the text. The moral to Hercules and the Wagoneer is Fate helps those who help themselves (40). The thick, slippery pages still contain little characters around the edges. Throughout this volume, the frame including these animals is the same. Dragonflies and mice adorn the tops of pages. A lion and frogs are along the bottom and the right hand side. One of these symbols appears with each moral. Every fable is illustrated.