Aesop's Fables for Children
. Dover Publications . Mineola, N.Y. ,
PZ8.2.A254 Win 2008 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Now here is a surprise. Dover took its fine book and changed it ever so slightly without changing any of the information on the verso of the title-page. What does get changed there is the format of their Green Edition statement at the top of the page. The major change in the book is that the end-paper-flaps at either end of the book have disappeared. The format of the covers has changed slightly. On the front, the Green Edition logo has shrunk. The back cover rearranges a number of elements and adds a new Green Edition statement. Some of the statement that had appeared on the flap is now on that back cover. The CD is now part of the binding rather than attached to the inside back cover. As I wrote there, here is a fine reprint of the classic The Aesop for Children published in 1919 by Rand McNally. It not only does a fine job of reproducing the exquisite Milo Winter illustrations. It also adds a CD for reading and listening. It reproduces the 112 pages of the original faithfully. All the illustrations are colored. As I mention in commenting on the original version, these stories have a steady eye on correct children's behavior. The stories' actions are carefully motivated, sometimes even over-motivated. In fact, the stories have a tendency to overkill. There are good statements from the characters, made to themselves when talk with others would be inappropriate. There are some double morals. I could find no obvious source for the tellings. I am delighted to see that Dover is reprinting this book and doing it so well! I have long recommended that people try Border's or Barnes and Noble for one of their reprint editions. This may be an even better bet because of the quality of the illustration-printing and because of the CD.