WXYZ Songs, Stories, Fables. The Alphabet Series CD
. Mint Studios: Navarre: ©1997 Public Music Inc. . New Hope, MN
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This disc has three fables, besides its songs and stories, with a steady background of classical music. They are Tracks 15, 16, and 17. They are narrated by a male narrator with a non-native English accent. The White Cat And The Imps (2:37), not really a fable, involves a traveller who has captured a bear and asks to stay in a solitary woodsman's cabin. The latter quickly agrees but mentions that tonight is the night for the trolls' annual banquet in his cabin. During the riotous festivities, one troll feels the bear in the bed in the dark, and soon all the trolls disappear. When they return the next year, they ask about the man's cat and hear his response that her seven kittens have grown up in the meantime. Goodbye, trolls! You should not take advantage of a good-hearted person. The Wolf in Disguise (2:14) fools the sheep and the shepherd but waits till dark to grab the fattest sheep he can find. The shepherd comes out early the next morning saying We want a nice sheep to come to the farmhouse to play with some city children and picks out this biggest sheep. The wolf runs out of the sheepskin into the dark night. I think this version has to resolve its times. It is unusual in letting the wolf get away alive. You should not try to fool people, as it may turn around and hurt you. Yvette's Dream (2:48) runs through eggs, a goose, sheep, wool, dress, cheeses, a hat, red dancing shoes, a prince, a royal ball, and marriage. For no apparent reason, the jug falls off her head. There is no harm in daydreaming, but we should reach the first dream before we begin living in the next one. Don't count your chickens before they have hatched.