Fables for Little Folk
. George Philip & Son . Liverpool ,
PZ8.2.F46 1896 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This little (5 x 7½) book of 91 pages will not have changed the world of fables much, I presume. I have found two reviews. The first comes from The Educational Times of February 1, 1896: Equally charming on other lines is a volume of Fables for Little Folk (Philip & Son). It is a budget of parables from nature which carry us back to the days of good Mrs Gatty. We can heartily recommend these fables for young readers of gentle disposition. The Bookseller of January 10, 1896, has this to say: A pleasant little volume of happily conceived fables for little people in which tales of various plants and animals are cleverly utilised to point the intended moral. The fables are told with simplicity and clearness and the little volume deserves to become very popular with its young readers. The first fable tells of honeysuckle asking a grand oak if it could hold on to the latter as it grows. It wants to grow as tall as the oak. The oak laughs but allows it. The honeysuckle does grow up around the oak and finally offer flowers above the top of the oak. When the oak comes crashing down in a storm, the honeysuckle surrounds it so that people say that the oak on the ground now is even prettier than the oak standing up straight was. In the second fable, Mary, who has loved to pick flowers but then neglect them, learns from the flowers themselves how much they are needed in the garden and the cycle of nature. The beginning T of C indicates some division between the first six and the last eight fables. The last section, after all of these, is titled Stories Containing Incidents in Animal Life. Inscribed in 1900 (upside down on the inside back-cover) as a prize at the Hafod Girls School. A quick check on the web reveals that Hafod is still going strong. Either Daisy Wearne, the recipient of this prize, or another did a fine job of coloring in the illustration above the advertisements after 91.