Fablesauce: Aesop reinterpreted in rhymed couplets
. Haley's . Athol, Mass.
PS3562.E839 F33 2000 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Nine fables in rhymed iambic tetrameter. These texts are meant to be read aloud to children. Lessie speaks warmly of family experiences with poetry read aloud. I can mostly applaud her efforts here. A number of rhymes help to clinch the fables. A few seem labored. The illustrations are a more-than-pleasant addition. They often show wit of their own. There is, e.g., a clever last picture for Old Lion showing the fox's hind quarters and his unidirectional paw-prints (4-5). Again the final picture of the owl eating the last of the grasshopper on 11 is good: there is still one leg left to swallow, and there is just one note coming out of the owl's mouth. I offer two examples of Lessie's verse, The first, from the fox to the crow on 14, is, I think, less good :/…what really, really sets you back/is brains—you simply have no wits;/or, one might say, your mind's the pits./The second, much stronger, is the finish to Crab and His Mother on 19:/And when this incident was done,/they both agreed, Mom and her son,/that one should never talk the talk/without the means to walk the walk. /As the tortoise passes him, the hare sleeps next to a tree, which is well placed in the center between 22 and 23 so that it spreads out from the book's crack.