Usborne Illustrated Stories from Aesop
. Usborne Publishing . London
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I visited this monthly flea-market as a part of a visit with my cousin Barb, and there in the middle of the market was an Usborne representative selling books at non-flea-market prices. I have enjoyed Usborne books for a long time and was happy to find three new fable books. This is a squat edition, 6 x 7¾ with puffy covers. Its 272 pages are divided into eight categories, with three to six stories in each group. The categories are Pride, Trickery, Greed, Quarrels, Friendship, Cunning, Retorts, and Comeuppance. I tried the first several. The story versions are good and filled out nicely with picturesque details. All but TH are well thought through. Davidson has the hare deliberately nap, planning on making the race competitive when the turtle catches up near the end. The illustrations are charming and colorful. FC on 14 is a good example. The book is physically heavy. I am confused because the colophon page claims First printed in America in 2013, while the back cover says Printed in Guangdong, China.