The Donkey and the Lapdog and The Lion and the Mouse
. Award Publications Limited . London
BAW 1 .
PZ8.2.B57 Dn 2001 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This volume belongs to a set of eight large 8½ x 9½ pamphlets illustrated by Biro, most containing one longer and one shorter story. Each page contains a head-line which repeats above the illustration part of what will be written just below it on the same page. Apparently this method is meant to offer help to the intended audience of first readers, mentioned on the back cover. Biro's style remains engaging, and he explains important elements of the story well. Thus here, the text emphasizes that at mealtimes the lapdog sits on people's laps. The text also has the donkey seeing what goes on inside the house through the window--since the donkey is of course not allowed into the house. In short order, the donkey capers, brays, and jumps onto his master's lap. LM is told much more briefly.