Mintz, Frances Sankstone
Wilson, Clara Powers
. Rand McNally & Company, . Chicago ,
PN3171.M5 1915 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Purchased in 1941 by the Bellevue, NE, school system. A surprising little book. All of its pieces are plays; most are fables. Yet none are from Aesop or LaFontaine; might Books One and Two have presented those fables? Ten sources are listed, but the attributions are questionable. The Mouse Changed into a Woman and Minerva are said to come from Bidpai! The book has a very nice three-color cover of a fox reading. The orange-and-brown illustrations in the text are enjoyable, especially for the way in which they dress up animals. Many of the fables seem too simple to engage even children. How the Hare's Friends Deserted Her (53) is good, using Gay verbatim at the beginning and end. Lessing's Aesop and the Donkey is on 88. New to me and good: Who Killed Otter's Babies? (78-84) and The Fox and the Tortoise (109). The latter indulges in some risky thinking for a school-reader early in this century when the fox answers the turtle boasting of his safe armor: True indeed; but to escape misfortune is to want experience. Those that live in ease, live in ignorance. I do not envy you your life. In The Mouse Changed into a Woman (105) Jupiter, not Aphrodite, makes the change. How the Tiger Was Caught (129) replays the earlier trick-- Show me how it was done --from Ungrateful Adder (99). The book evidences extensive repair work and pencilling.