My First Book of Fables
. Collins . London/Glasgow
PZ8.2.M94 1949a (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book has some features of each of two other books that are very similar: The Children's Press version of the book by the same title under 1949? and the Collins edition listed under 1950?. The cover of this edition is unique: the young man is reaching over the fence to get a golden egg. This book then follows the edition from The Children's Press. It thus does not follow the practice of the Collins version of putting a colored border around each page. The fables included are, with one addition (LM), the same as in the Collins version. The Children's Press version adds several fables near the end that are in neither of the Collins versions, namely this edition and that under 1950? Those additions include BW, DS, and DLS. The illustrations are relatively well done; the colors are not as fuzzy as they sometimes are in the various printings of Mansbridge's work. This edition adds a final unique feature when it fills an empty space on the back end-papers with four stanzas reviewing the stories. Curiously enough, this poem includes mention of two of the three stories excluded in this edition! It presents this pointed admonition: You have laughed at the stories. Now read them again./And, this time, no skipping the tags at the end!/You must ponder The Moral, The Moral, my friend!