The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse and other Aesop's Fables
. Miles Kelly Publishing . Essex, UK
PZ8.2.P375 Town 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 The Key to Happiness section in that book. And these fables do tend to express something like This path will make you happier than that one. Like The Lion and the Bull and other Aesop's Fables, this book's titles match verbatim the titles in that earlier book. Though based on the earlier book, each of these pamphlets is larger in format than that book was. This is the first of this series of books to feature a story without illustration: The Boy and the Nettle (12). Perhaps the best illustration in this volume is that for Jupiter and the Monkey (22). I believe that this is the first time that I have seen mosquitoes in this fable usually about leeches or bloodsuckers: The Fox and the Mosquitoes (13). The title-story takes five pages and includes the word storys (32); my dictionary does not include that plural. The text is taken over largely from the classic version by Joseph Jacobs. It would be fascinating to know how much of that borrowing Parker has done for his versions. The thick, slippery pages still contain little characters around the edges. Throughout this volume, the frame including these animals is the same. Here there are caged birds on top and, along the bottom, a lobster, starfish, spiral shell, nautilus and peacock. One of these animals appears with almost every moral. Every fable is illustrated.