The Lion and the Mouse and other stories.
. Purnell . London
PZ8.2.G63 Li 1967 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A large-format book for children containing lively and unusual versions of LM, TMCM, and FC. The first features an occasionally blue lion who smokes a pipe, drinks cocktails from coconuts, and wears a bow tie. The mouse swings on the lion's tail to initiate the encounter. Others--butterfly, elephant, and giraffe--come by when the lion has been hoisted in the net, but they cannot help. TMCM features a grasshopper with a gun in its first illustration! Elaborate visual contrasts. The town mouse smokes at the country meal. The country mouse escapes from the cat by throwing a sausage at him! There are five paragraphs after the city mouse's goodbye. The female fox in the third story has a charming array of ploys; at one point, for example, she says she is looking for a dance partner.