La Fontaine's Fables in Modern Clothes.
La Fontaine, Jean de
. Todd & Honeywell . Great Neck, N.Y.
PQ1808.A6 B33 1985 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book fills the need for simple English prose versions of LaFontaine for children. About one-half of LaFontaine's fables are represented, with simple illustrations about every ten pages. The beginning Brief Outline has a very nice quotation from Silvestre de Sacy on the differing delights at different ages of reading LaFontaine. I believe from my reading of the book's first twenty fables that its adaptation will raise some questions. The animal coming upon the two companions is here a wolf, not a bear (4). GA (5) misses the point by having the singer proclaim that he was entertaining his friends. The liar by the end of the next day is reputed to have produced one hundred eggs the size of a watermelon (8)! A good change happens in FS, where the stork's container is transparent (12). The salt-bearing donkey jumps from a bridge (19), and the sponge-bearing one drowns.