Favourite Fables: A Collection of Favourite Fables and Fairytales
. Parragon . Clifton, Bristol
PZ8.2.F287 1996 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The nine fables here are taken directly from the Parragon 1996 edition, Aesop's Fables. They are proportionally larger. The color work here is stronger than there. The illustrations are thus by Lorna Hussey. As I have mentioned there, Hussey did the illustrations for a Mini Classics edition, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse And Other Aesop's Fables (1994?), also copyrighted by Parragon. This version selects two or three of those for each of the three fables presented there. It takes the colorful borders used there to surround text; now they surround all pages but remain the same throughout each fable. This edition also works off the versions presented there by Stephanie Laslett but edits them heavily. For those three fables, see my comments there. This may be the first time that I have heard the beginning of the TH race done as a five...four...three countdown! In the home of the fox in FS, pictures show a fox chasing dogs and mounted hunters! At the end of FS, the stork dipped her slender beak inside the jug and drank her soup (italics mine); is not the point in this fable that the stork cannot drink soup? The lion-clad donkey laughs after he scares the fox, and so gives himself away. The fox tucks his lost tail into his hatband! He claims that they should all wear their tails high up, where they can be admired. I presume that I found here a British production not for sale in the USA. Once again, I got lucky. The volume also includes Grimm's Fairytales, Hans Andersen's Fairytales, and Tales from the Arabian Nights.