Famous Aesop Fables: The Frog and the Mouse & other stories
. Jiwa Seni Sdn. Bhd. . Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
PZ8.2.F366 Fr 2002 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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One in a set of seven 7½ x 10¼ pamphlets, each including seven fables. For each fable, there is a full page of text on the left and a full-page colored illustration on the right. The cartoon illustrations are simple and lively. The English has problems in some of these stories. Thus in The Lion and the Wild Boar, we read On seeing the eagle, the lion and the wild boar knew why the eagle waiting for. New to me is the story of the olive and fig tree. The olive boasts of its green leaves. Soon heavy snow falls on these and breaks the tree's branches. This a remarkable telling, with a remarkable illustration, for this culture! The boy tries to get not filberts but peanuts from the jar. He tried to get more peanuts as he could. This booklet presents one of the best illustrations I have seen for The Two Bags, using backpacks rather than a pole. The Boy and the Prickly Leaves has a new approach to the traditional story of grasping nettles. Here he should grasp the stem firmly, not the leaves. There the point usually seems to be that we need to be firm and decisive. Here the point is well expressed in the moral: A hard job can be done easily with tricks of how to do it. The best illustration has the mouse covering his eyes as the frog jumps with him into the water. The typo on the moral here is especially saddening: Thing before do anything.