Open Court Basic Readers: Reading Is Fun.
. Open Court Publishing Company . La Salle, Ill. ,
PE1117.O6 1976 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A good example of a modern reader, with carefully chosen selections and attractive layout. Four fables are labelled as from Aesop: FG (72), TH (81), LM (90), and MSA (136). Also included are Tolstoy's The Rich Man and the Tailor (83) and the Jataka Tale, Granny and Her Elephant (124). The hare intends to nap when he lies down, sure that he would wake up in time to beat the tortoise (82). The tailor is female, and the rich man pays her precisely to stop singing; the fable is not about cares attached to riches. In the Jataka Tale, a good-natured pet elephant goes out and gets a job to help his aging owner. MSA has two unusual features: in the text, people laugh so hard at the carrying of the beast that they frighten the donkey, and in the illustration the laughing people are in the windows of buildings in town. What level is this book intended for?