The Fox & the Rooster: A Fable from Aesop
. Random House . NY
PZ8.2.S27 Fo 1998 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This small volume adds a phase to the story of UP: The fox tries to get to the rooster first by climbing the fortress wall and then by climbing a staircase. There is a second oddity here: there really are dogs coming! The fox is sure that the rooster is trying to trick him until he hears them coming. Santore's best illustration has the fox looking off left out of the corner of his eye as he hears them. I am not sure how this telling justifies the observation that the rooster had outfoxed the fox. Two other fine illustrations include that of the fawning fox inviting the rooster down to begin their friendship--and the cover picture, best presented in the dust jacket's full spread.