The Painted Fox: A Fable
. Dnipro Publishers . Kiev
PZ8.2.F78 Pa 1981 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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An entertaining rendition of the traditional tale in this square pamphlet. Mikita boasts to the animals of the woods that he can attack the market in open daylight and steal a chicken. Dogs force him into an oil painter's barrel. The paint stiffens his tail into something of a club. When he notices the animals' reverence, he proclaims that saint Michael made him that morning of heavenly clay (apparently the heavenly accounts for his blue color) and sent him as Quickwit to be tsar of the animals. He is undone a year later when he starts singing with a fox cubs' chorus at his anniversary. He is torn apart by the animals. Simple traditional Ukrainian art.