Forty-four Fun Fables
Calaway, Bernie L
. Morehouse-Barlow Co. . Wilton, CT ,
BV4307.S7 C34 1982 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A curious paperback. Religious and spiritual stories about named animals by a U.S. Navy Chaplain. The book includes an index of relevant scripture texts for each fable. In the foreword, Calaway says that fable never quite succeeds like, say, the New Testament parables. He recommends that we let each fable be friendly...illustrate its theme, not dominate it. We should feel free to amend the moral or change it. A sprinkling of storytelling can help our complex theology and ponderous religion. The work-up to Fall goeth before a pride (14) is worthy of the worst of dry humorists! To use the narrator's word in Emmerson Beaver (20), the fables are often corny. I enjoy Albert Pig (10), Tyron Tiger (12), and Claymore Dog (25). Aesop is not far from these stories. Thus Petulance Donkey (31) is the Aesopic DLS, and Garfield Goat eats his cover (38) just as Aesop's ate its grape leaves. Maybe the best moral here is Not to decide is to decide. Or is it? (36). Language gets dated fast, as when one fable speaks of a hi-fi and a swing set (39).