. Bracken Books . London
Aesop and others
PZ8.2.A8 Fav 1987 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
Aesop and others
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In the same series as Town Mouse & Country Mouse and Other Tales (1987); the two share three common titles, though both their texts and illustrations are different (The Bear and the Bees, TMCM, LM). Twenty-four of the twenty-seven plates here also appear in The Big Book of Fables from Portland House (1987). As in the former, the drawings are pastel-heavy crayon or something similar. There is a standard format here: the left-hand page presents the text in a standard bower-frame with grains, flowers, a mouse, a butterfly, and some eggs. The right-hand page has a nearly full-page illustration under a garland design. There are some curious twists here, including these new or rare fables: The Eagle and the Rabbits (14), A Swallow and a Spider (22), An Eagle and Other Birds (32); the T of C has The for An), and The Cat and the Mouse (40). Some fables are presented differently, as when not the oak but its branch breaks in the illustration on 25. Some morals are new or surprising; the moral, for example, for The Hornets and the Bees (8) is Disagreements are better settled by common sense than by law and judges who cost a great deal of hard-earned money and for FG It is easy to find an excuse for disappointment (18). A typo switches the main character to the plural in A Swallow and Other Birds (34); again, the moral is unusually well pointed: Fools will not believe in the effects of causes until it is too late to prevent them. Perhaps the best illustration is for AD (43), but do bird-hunters with guns use nets?