Four, Four, and Four/Fur, Fin, and Feather Fables
Spanfeller, James J
. Printed by Dietz Press , The Dietz Press . Richmond, VA
PZ8.2.W54 Fo 1960 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The fours of the title refer to three sections of four fables each. Each fable gets one right-hand page for the combination of text and a simple black-and-white drawing. The fables are actually told as chreiai, anecdotes about named animals in particular places. Thus Ringtail the monkey lost his tail to a shark when he played one too many pranks on board ship and slipped overboard. These children's stories are simplistic and very correct. Thus a dog in Hawaii was named Poki (because he liked to poke his nose into strange places) by a newcomer to the islands who did not know that poki was a word for cat. But the dog did not know it either, so the dog spent a happy life. Moral: It doesn't matter what your name is as long as you are glad to be you. I do think this is the first time that I have heard of building a fire under a jackass to make him move! Tropical is written trophical and stubbornness stubborness. I could not wait to finish this book!