The Monkey and the Fishermen and The Ass in the Pond
. Award Publications Limited . London
BAW 3 .
PZ8.2.B57 Mn 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. The former story here may or may not work. It tells of the monkey who wanted fish and so tried to imitate the fishermen who spread a net, only to get tangled in the net. The monkey is told by the rescuing fishermen that he needs to learn about fishing before he does it. In the end, the monkey realizes that he does better catching and eating coconuts. The final lines of SS pay appropriate attention to the broad grin on the farmer's face and the scowl on the ass' face. In fact, Biro's facial expressions are excellent thoughout this tale.