Festival Fairy Tales: Collection Two
. Peter Haddock Ltd. . England
PZ8.F37 n.d. (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This curious, large-format, stiff-covered book contains two eight-paged fables, with one illustration and a few lines of text for each page. The illustrated figures are regularly childlike and even childish. GGE (61) varies the story more than I have ever seen before. A girl Joanna was poor but generous. A magician gave her a beautiful white hen, which delivered golden eggs. Joanna became rich and disagreeable. Soon the hen began giving not gold but big fried eggs. She began to beat the hen with a broom. Then the magician appeared to tell her that it was Joanna's fault, not the hen's. She had a conversion and distributed to poor children the now continuous supply of golden eggs. In TH (133) A proud hare suggested the race to a female tortoise, who seems to wear a basket of flowers on her head. This tortoise sweats. Collection One, mentioned on 199, includes MM. The figures here seem to remind me of work I have seen before, particularly the sweating tortoise and the blue bunnies on the end-papers; but I cannot locate them elsewhere.