Aesop's Fables. 2 in 1 Tales. The Lion and the Mouse/The Wind and the Sun.
. Modern Publishing: Unisystems, Inc. . NY
PZ8.2.A254 1994b (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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Here is a new presentation of the same art that Hirata used in 1989 for his Joie set. The art here is certainly superior in presentation to the Peter Haddock series (1989?). It is darker than Joie's art, sometimes stronger and sometimes less exact. This series is advertised to contain four booklets, and this is the fourth one. They came from four different sources. This series does not pair the same stories together as Joie or Haddock. The text of SW (called The North Wind and the Sun in other Hirata versions) is different from the text in other Hirata versions. It tells this story in the poorer way: I'm so strong, I'll bet that I can get him to take off his hat and jacket, the wind boasts. The text of LM (A Mouse's Gratitude in other Hirata versions) is also different from that in Joie or Haddock. Here the story is traditional. There it involved the mouse's seven children. Here the same images depict the mice's friends. It is so nice to be able to complete the set!