Little Folks Delight
. McLoughlin Bros . NY
PZ5.L577 1890 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is a simple 6½ x 8½ children's book in pictorial boards with a girl washing doll's clothes on the front cover and children rolling a huge ball of snow on the back. Inside is a typical collection of material for children. The last three pages present TMCM with a few unusual features. First, it has the unusual English title of The City Rat and the Country Rat, and the version puts down mere mice. Secondly, there is no country meal. As in La Fontaine, the version starts with an invitation from the city rat. It is thus strange that the full-page illustration shows two rats out in the country! Finally, in the quick departure of the country rat after one attack of dogs and people together, there is no invitation, as there is in La Fontaine, for the city rat to visit in the country. Neither the title-page nor the cover puts an apostrophe into folks. The story's inclusion here is a sign of how much it was accepted as standard children's literature.