. Element Children's Books . Boston, Mass. ,
PZ8.2.A254 Bly 1999 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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I had searched for this book for a long time and lost out once in bidding on it on Ebay. I am delighted now to have found an excellent copy. The book has occasioned my learning something about Enid Blyton, who was born in London in 1897 and wrote over seven hundred books for children. The texts of this little paperback come from an edition she did for Nelson in 1925. There are twenty-two fables on 92 pages. I find the stories good but not spectacular. The whole ass along with his load is loaded onto the horse in The Horse and the Loaded Ass on 87. There are typos on 18 One day and ass found…. and on 23 You make think it nice…. There is a black-and-white illustration for almost every fable. They are unfortunately not as witty as I had expected for work connected with Blyton. Maybe the best illustration is the bonus drawing of the dog's bone bubbling its way to the bottom of the stream on 27. The illustration on 67 shows well how a woodman could lose his axe into the river. The design before each title is of a child holding an animal mask in front of his or her face; there seem to be four such designs in all.