Festival Fairy Tales: Collection Two
. Peter Haddock Ltd. . England
PZ8.F37 n.d. (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book is internally almost completely identical with another in the collection, found at Second Hand Rose in Evanston. The two noteworthy differences are that this book was printed in Hungary, not Russia, and that its covers not show a green background and lively cartoon characters: a young piper, Red Riding Hood, and several mice on the front, as well as a mermaid, fox or wolf and lamb on the back cover. The other book had featured a traditional presentation of various story characters -- particularly Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots -- against a blue background, with a smaller version of the same on the back cover. The two books have the same ISBN number. This copy has a crimped title-page and a page without writing half torn at the end. As I wrote of that other book, it is a curious, large-format, stiff-covered book containing two eight-paged fables, with one illustration and a few lines of text for each page. The illustrated figures are regularly childlike and even childish. GGE (61) varies the story more than I have ever seen before. A girl Joanna was poor but generous. A magician gave her a beautiful white hen, which delivered golden eggs. Joanna became rich and disagreeable. Soon the hen began giving not gold but big fried eggs. She began to beat the hen with a broom. Then the magician appeared to tell her that it was Joanna's fault, not the hen's. She had a conversion and distributed to poor children the now continuous supply of golden eggs. In TH (133) A proud hare suggested the race to a female tortoise, who seems to wear a basket of flowers on her head. This tortoise sweats. Collection One, mentioned on 199, includes MM. The figures here seem to remind me of work I have seen before, particularly the sweating tortoise and the blue bunnies on the end-papers; but I cannot locate them elsewhere.