Gary, Charles L
Watson, Carol Stuart
. EPM Publications . McLean, VA
PS3557.A844 F57 1978 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book expands the flowers section of my collection, parts of which can be found in 1910?, 1946, and 1982. Here are twenty-eight pleasing aetiological tales about flowers, as the flyleaf says, plucked from classical mythology, Eastern legends, religion and Charles Gary's own imagination. Each story is followed by the official Latin name for the flower. The most unusual include Fivespot, Rose (which gives the original meaning for sub rosa), Rosinweed (which is set in Bellevue, NE, and features Peter Sarpy), and the touching Peony. The flyleaf promises twelve colored illustrations, but I find only eleven! There are also twenty pen-and-ink sketches, similarly simple. There are no fables in the strict sense here.