. Trafford Publishing . NA ,
PZ8.2.P478 Aes 2011 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The cover announces Each fable has been rewritten at 3 different levels. This is a print-upon-demand paperback book in large format printed in January, 2014. Perhaps typical of such books is that it gives a web address for the publisher but no physical location for the book's printing. The book features twenty fables. One full-page design in white and three shades of black accompanies each fable and is repeated in smaller format. The fables are rewritten at three levels to address the variety of reading levels found in all primary classrooms. From my survey of the fables, what changes from level to level is especially the qualification of things and actions. The vocabulary gets more extensive and specific with each level. The morals do not change from one level to the next. One can watch the progress from one level to the next, for example, in The Dog and the Oyster: He ate eggs every day becomes He ate eggs from the henhouse everyday and then Every day he sneaked into the henhouse and snatched all the eggs! In the first fable, The Blue Heron, the fish rejected get larger in the second and third rounds. In La Fontaine's original, the best comes first -- carp and pike -- followed by the lesser tench and the even lesser gudgeon. After a period of finding no fish, La Fontaine's heron settles for the lowly snail. Here there are three rounds of bigger and bigger fish and then, after a whole afternoon of nothing, the snail. The best of the illustrations may be that for DS on 59. GA on 58 is well told in its third version. It avoids both the final encounter of grasshopper with ant and the resolution of the story. Instead it leaves the former sadly searching for food in the snow.