The Milk Maid and the Milk Pail
. The Child's World: The Peterson Publishing Company . Mankato, MN
PZ8.2.B46925 Mai 2011 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This sturdy hard-cover book announces the moral of its fable not only on the cover but on its first story page. This version for the Americas makes a point that the maid had learned to carry the pail by balancing it on her head (8) and, to judge from the illustration, this carrying is seen as something of a feat. This version goes immediately from chickens and eggs to the blue dress the maid has wanted, which is pictured in high court fashion in the incongruous rustic surroundings on 15. Her head toss here is to the jealous local girls of her imagination. In this version, she has to tell her parents what has happened. In the final picture, as mother explains to her that she should not make plans on things that have not yet happened, a cat is licking up milk from around the maid's shoes. Besides the strong and simple colored illustrations on right-hand pages, there are appropriate designs beneath the text on the left-hand pages.