A Hundred Aesop's Fables in Verse
Dawson, Aeneas McD
. A.M.P. Dawson, Rowlands . Nr. Brighton, Sussex
PA3855.E5 D38 1957 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I am amazed a year later that I paid $58 for a little book like this. No doubt I was following my rule: If you have not seen it before, take it now! The book starts with a T of C and a list of the seventeen black-and-white illustrations. Of these the dust-jacket-illustration of LM (repeated on 29) might be among the best. It is well focused. The illustration for FK (31) suggests their licentiousness well, though it is not mentioned in this version. Here there are three kings of the frogs: log, eel, and heron. The Monkeys and Their Mother (26) is like the original Aesopic cry of wonder at nature's surprises. The Farmer and His Sons (26) is tight and very effective. In The Horse and the Stag (34), the stag is not expelled. Another wonderfully tight little presentation is The Hawk, the Kite and the Pigeons (35). The same is true for The Two Bags (38), which takes just six lines. The boy in BW (40) has fooled the townspeople a dozen times before. The Ass and the Grasshoppers (47) is another paradigm of tightness. I find these texts much more readable than I had expected. Dawson is to be commended in particular for keeping his fables short. He does not indicate where he gets his Aesopic material.