St. Enda Readers Junior Book
. The Educational Company of Ireland Limited . Dublin
LB1573.S74 1920 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This school reader contains one fable, The Old Tree and the Gardener attributed to Aesop (63). This is a difficult enough fable. The version of it here may not help clarify things. Its hint is to call the gardener rather greedy at the start of the last paragraph. He refused to spare the tree because of the fruit it had given or the songs it has provided his wife--but he will spare it for the honey he stands to get from it regularly. One possible point to get from this fable would have been that the right appeal gets a person to see it all positively, since the farmer ends up listing all of the tree's benefits past and present, even though he seems to be sparing it only for one advantage, honey. The binding is coming loose, and the book is in fair condition.