Angel's The Best of Aesop's Fables
. Angel Publishing House . New Delhi, India
PZ8.2.A533 2003 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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There are forty-nine numbered fables here in a paperback book measuring 4¾ x 6¾. There is a T of C at the beginning. Each fable gets two or three simple black-and-white illustrations. Since all of these fables are supposed to be from Aesop, there are fewer surprises in the telling than there are in the other books in this series, namely Angel's Moral Stories I and Angel's Moral Stories II. As in the latter, FM here has the strange involvement of a log, under which the frog swims, and so he loses the mouse who has been on his back (48). As elsewhere in Indian books of fables for children that I have reviewed recently, so here there is the story of the camel who blunders too near King Lion in his dance and is soon consumed by the incensed members of the court (72). A mermaid takes the place of the satyr in Blowing Hot and Cold (102). I do not think that I have seen before The Lion and the Hunting Dog (105): the lion finally answers the dog's barking with a roar, and the frightened dog gets caught in a bush. A wolf, in an unlikely move, saves him from the bush and warns him not to challenge lions. Gay's The Rabbit and His Friends is also here (124).