Little Book of Fables
. A Groundwood Book: Douglas & McIntyre . Toronto
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Here is the first of two extra copies of this little book. First published in Spanish as El Libro de Oro de las Fábulas. This book is indeed small (4¾ x 6¼) and presents twenty fables in its 126 pages. Uribe seems to pay attention to the fables; most are very well told. MSA is told in a different version. After father and son carry the donkey, the father gets frustrated, unties the donkey, and puts his son on its back, as he had done when they first left home. This is the way I left home, and this is the way I will continue (58). Unfortunately, Bravo's second illustration does not echo well the written story's way of carrying the donkey. In SS, the lucky donkey who has just loss half of his salt load tells a donkey coming in the opposite direction not to worry about the river; but, alas, this donkey is carrying sponges. He relies on the donkey's advice, ignores his master's directions, and is swept away by the current when his sponges fill up with water (74). The miser here sleeps near his treasure every day and dreams about it (79). In FC, the clever fox begins by getting the proud crow to fly a few circles by telling him that he loves watching him soar through the air (105). SW is told in the poorer version (117). The illustration for FC, which is also on the DJ and the cover, gives a good sample of the artistic style. That style is deliberately naïve, featuring elongated limbs and whimsical hats. One of the strongest images shows the lion on the verge of eating the mouse (50). Uribe's closing comment gives the specific source of each of the fables she presents.