Aesop in Fableland
. Target Books , Target: W.H. Allen & Co., Ltd. . London
PZ8.2.B35 Ae 1979 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This paperback book of 53 pages narrates the encounter of Aesop with an old man in Fableland, a special kind of dream world (12) in which, as it turns out, the animals, trees, and plants can all talk. Under the man's tutelage, young Aesop sees and undergoes experiences that he will someday write down as fables. Thus he experiences the wind and the sun trying to get a cape off of him. He and the man are approached by a tortoise and then a racing hare. When the old man prepares a delicious stew, hungry animals crowd around, but they have to tell why they are hungry before they can eat. Thus young Aesop hears first-hand the story of DS. A stag then tells how he boasted of his beautiful field, and so all his friends came and ate it up around him! Then we hear from a goat who drank too much in a well and could not get out again. Finally in this chapter we hear from the crow who lost his cheese to the fox. Further along we experience OR, BW, and MM (she trips over a stone). The old man is also something of a doctor and so he meets a star-gazing prophet who has walked into a tree, a crab trying to walk forward, and a girl with her hand stuck in a candy jar. With this girl, Melissa, Aesop encounters a drowning boy, whom he promptly lectures. He and the old man overhear two dogs, a plump watchdog and a thin stray. Then they meet a donkey who buried his piece of gold, and now it has been stolen. Perhaps the best of the black-and-white illustrations is MM on 36. The mysterious old man is pictured in black-and-white on the frontispiece and in color on the back cover.