The Aesop for Children
. Rand McNally . Chicago
PZ8.2.A254 Win 1937 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A green covered book with 146 fables on 112 pages. All the illustrations are colored. Patience has yielded four copies of the first printing. One copy, from Constant Reader, is in excellent conditiion. This copy was inscribed in 1925. Each of the others is slightly damaged, but with good color in the illustrations, especially those less than a full page. The Yoffee copy, inscribed in 1923, is missing the back end page. The Midway copy has a loose binding. I will keep all six in the collection. I have now, in 1997, made a closer study of this edition's texts, which the later compilation, The Real Picture Book (1929), admits to having been done by Valdemar Paulsen. They have a steady eye on correct children's behavior. The stories' actions are carefully motivated, sometimes even over-motivated. In fact, the stories have a tendency to overkill. There are good statements from the characters, made to themselves when talk with others would be inappropriate. There are some double morals. I could find no obvious source for the tellings.