Almost Fables: Character Education with Humor
Mason, Robin Richmond
. Pathway Press . Cleveland, Tenn.
PN982.M37 2001 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is an engaging set of twenty-five various stories with some remarkable full-page colored illustrations. Mason is right: the stories provoke discussion on a number of levels. I have read the first five. The first offering, The Mine Is Not Mine, presents graphically the attitude of a young man who wants to get away from a small mining town, his family, and the culture that has come with them. He is well portrayed as a rooster. What we get from him is less a story and more of a statement. The much shorter second offering, The Angora Goat, is by contrast a good replay of MSA. The third story is a creative redoing of the multiplication of loaves and fishes, but this time the assembled people offer the components once Jesus blesses the loaves and fishes that the boy has offered. The fifth story, Finders Keepers, is narrated by a dog who, with two dog friends, found and enjoyed a boat for a month, only then to find it gone. The story suggests well that they were keepers not of the boat but of the joy they had with it during the time it was theirs to sail. Though I have limited myself to five stories for this little report, I want to enjoy more of them, and that certainly does not happen with every book!