Tales from Aesop's Fables
. Parragon Publishing . Bristol, England
PZ8.2.A254 Las 1998 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book is identical in many ways with a book already in the collection but dated 1999. The publisher, title, series, and author remain the same. The illustrator is now acknowledged: Lorna Hussey. She was not mentioned in the 1999 version. The dust-jacket and cover have both changed their format and image, from TMCM there to TH here. In either case, the dust-jacket replicates the format and image of the cover. The location of the publisher has changed, as has the book's ISBN number. Formatting of elements like the title-page and its verso have changed slightly. My! As I wrote there, this book fits between smaller and larger versions already published by Parragon. It is first a larger version of the mini classic The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse And Other Aesop's Fables, listed under 1994? What is different? First, the page size. All the pages are blown up from 3 3/8 x 4¼ in that version to 4½ x 5¾ in this one. Second, the number of stories has increased from three to nine, the same nine that appear in the same publisher's larger Aesop's Fables of 1996. Thirdly, a T of C is added at the front. Fourthly, several other elements are added: a title-page and detailed illustrations of the main characters, all generated from illustrations offered during the story, in TMCM; larger titles in LM and FC; and a final detail illustration in FC. What was called Aesop at the back of the smaller book has become, with the loss of its first sentence, a History of fables at the front of the larger book. This larger book has lost the page-numbers that we find in the smaller one. By comparison with the larger Aesop's Fables of 1996, this book has all the same illustrations but adds many more to each story. More of Laslett's text appears than had appeared in that book, and she is acknowledged here. Hussey, by contrast, is not acknowledged here. Hussey's art may show off to best advantage in this middle-sized format. I like especially the expressions that she puts on the tortoise's face. DLS gives a great deal of attention to the killing of the lion; Hussey's several depictions of the dressed-up donkey are very good. The fox without a tail, once shamed in public, slunk away into the deepest depths of the forest and there as the days passed he learned to live without his tail and no-one thought any the worse of him.