. Abelard-Schuman . London ,
PZ8.2.M67 Tw 1961 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A nice mixture of Scottish, English, Indian, Swahili, Tibetan, and Aesopic fables with simple, colorful illustrations to match. The first fable presents as a Scottish fable the old Renard trick of playing dead in the road in order to be picked up; once on the fisherman's back, the fox tosses the fisherman's caught fish onto the road behind him. New to me and delightful is The Robin and the Wren: when one wants to get married, the other does not. Henny-Penny gets a new twist when the fox leads the entourage, supposedly on the way to tell the king that the sky is falling, into his hole to be eaten up by him and his family. The ass jealous of the dog tells the dog his plan and hears You do that from the laughing dog. The fox gets the wolf to lose his tail not by putting it into the ice but by laying it on the cheese (actually the reflection of the moon) on the ice. The Goat and the Wolf (32) is listed as Aesopic, but it is new to me. The wolf overhears the goat saying that he will not be afraid of the wolf; he drags him off nevertheless. Here the man puts onto the ass a tiger's skin. In The Friendly Mouse just the king of the pigeons is entrapped; the rest of the flock carries him in the net to his friend the mouse. The Ambitious Maiden is a human adaptation of the story about marrying the most powerful. Here the series runs through king, priest, Siva, dog, and master. The usual story shows up later: The Mouse and the Magician. Iron-eating mice becomes a story of gold dust that turns into sand; a parrot saying See what I've turned into, Father! is then substituted for the son. There is a T of C at the front. Formerly in the Elementary Library in Virginia, MN.