Giant Treasury of Brer Rabbit
Harris, Joel Chandler
. Derrydale , Distributed by Outlet Book . NY
PZ8.1.H44 Gi 1991 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Twenty-four stories from Uncle Remus, His Songs and Sayings. For me the illustrations are the strong feature of this book. Rountree's full-page colored illustrations are good; Bull's smaller black-and-white line-drawings are even better. Half of them here are very well colored and sharply reproduced. The two artists are coordinated in their approach, e.g., to dress, so that their respective illustrations fit together. The final illustration on 89 cleverly blows up and colors a detail from that on 75. From the versions, a reader will miss not only the original dialect but also the figures of both Uncle Remus and the boy. The stories are regularly well tied in to those just preceding. The introduction notes that these stories deal with tricks for the sake of trickery, with outsmarting the other fellow, and with what happens when a creature succumbs to temptation too greedily for his own good. You'll learn strategies for winning both fairly and foully; you won't find a moral at the end of each story, but you can find plenty to discuss and think about (5). The TH race here is between Brer Rabbit and five terrapins (mother, father, and three children) located at the start, the finish, and the mile-posts.