Aesop Confounded: Tales and Fables old and new.
. At the Ink-Well Press . NY? ,
PS3570.O69 1954b (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Four of the booklet's eleven stories are identified as fables. The suggestion in the title is that we have anti-fables here. Most of the stories work that way, in fact. Thus the moral to Little Red Hen is Always try to get away with as little work as you can and to Buttercup Hags' bags should be knife-proof. The Cat and the Fox (8) works with a fox, the string of whose bag of tricks had become a tangled knot, to arrive at this moral: Use zippers. The Mice and the Cat (19) proclaims at its end The best-belled Cats are sleeping ones. The Sparrow Whose Tongue Was Cut (23) is strange, as the sparrow suddenly starts talking in mid-story. Perhaps I am missing something! All three of these fables have full-page illustrations. The Camel and the Jackal (27), unillustrated, seems to me to be told straight. Torre's moral for it is A Camel's revenge is dangerous. The Alligator and the Jackal (30) seems to me not to be a fable, nor is it labelled as one. It goes through five phases and involves some preternatural events. I am amazed that Carl found this book for me!