The Peasant, the Snake and the Fox and Other Stories
. Rohan Book Company . Delhi, India
PZ8.2.P437 2000 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This twenty-four-page pamphlet starts with a title-page and TOC. The title story gets eight pages, while the other seven get from one page to three pages each. The peasant of the title story, wearing his fez, vest, and boots, is sympatico. Might these pictures have been taken from an animated film? There are proofreading problems here, as in the I'll let you bite me (6). Exclamation points and question marks are routinely separated from the last word of their clause and even stand alone at the beginning of the next line. The fable ends cleverly. The man bribes the fox to say that good deeds are rewarded with good deeds. He promises him a piglet, lamb, and goose to argue it his way against the snake. (Of course, the fox not only argues the man's way, but cleverly gets the snake back into his original confinement.) When the fox comes to collect his rewards, the farmer meets him with a shotgun and two dogs. New to me is The Left-Handed Fiddler (12); I do not find this story strong. The Dog and the Fox is really the myth of Procris and Cephalus; the two animals are changed to stone. The field mice who are about to explain to a traveling mouse that the cock (here unfortunately clock) is friend and the cat is enemy tell him to calm down and have a cup of coffee. The art here is surprisingly good for a cheap children's edition.