The Fox and the Stork and other Aesop's Fables
. Miles Kelly Publishing . Essex, UK ,
PZ8.2.P375 Fox 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 Feathers and Fools section in that book. This is one of the few books that seems to focus on one type of creature, here birds. 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 Cat and the Cockerel there (347) has become The Cat and the Rooster here (19), and The Eagle and the Jackdaw there (335) has become The Eagle and the Crow here (35), while The Eagle and the Kite there (332) has become The Eagle and the Hawk here (32). The latter is an overall favorite of mine here. It is well told, well illustrated, and well moralized. The thick, slippery pages still contain little characters around the edges. Throughout this volume, the frame including these animals is the same. Here owl, eagle, stork, and swan grace the page corners, while stars appear around the owl and clouds above the eagle. One of these birds appears with each moral. Every fable is illustrated.