. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich . San Diego
PZ8.2.A254 1992 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This beautiful first U.S. edition varies little from the Pavilion original; see my comments there. The flyleaves, title pages, and colophon pages seem to contain the only differences. As I wrote there, this is a very pleasing bookSalter was born in Cairo, and her art here is in a primitive style after that of Persian miniatures. I like it. It reminds me at times of the work of Jason Carter. The art is nicely varied, including sometimes a small repeater from the major illustration to mark off a fable's moral. The large illustrations sometimes present several different phases of the story. The best illustrations include The Beetle's Revenge (9) and DM with a zebra (39). The frontispiece has Aesop showing a book to a fox. The fifty-eight fables are generally well told. Some morals are unsatisfactory, like that for the too fat fox: Time is a great healer (11). Others hit closer to the mark, like that for The Exiled Jackdaw (49): Don't expect those you have insulted to welcome you back. Gatti helps the story of the transformed cat by adding the cat's promises to give up feline ways (49), but she follows the poor version of SW (73).