. Dandelion Press Inc., . NY ,
PZ8.2.W677 Ae 1979 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I had had this book on my want list for years and ordered it without knowing that this was the book I was seeking. For another irony, note that I had to send to Australia to get this first U.S. edition! It is a stiff-covered medium-sized children's book presenting thirteen numbered fables in rather ho-hum fashion, with black-and-gold illustrations. In #2, WSC, the shepherd still does not know this is a wolf when he kills him. #4, FG, has a good new moral: A fool often despises what he can't get. The woman with eye problems (#5) is rich and makes a point of having witnesses to the original deal that she would pay only for restored eyesight. The best illustrations are for #8: first a laughing heifer and then a laughing ox. It has the proverbial moral He who laughs last laughs best. The surprising moral of #10, The Lion in Love, is Even the wise can be made foolish by love. GGE (#11) shows fourteen golden eggs in a bowl. MM (#12) has as its moral Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.