The Fox and the Stork
. John F. Shaw & Company , John F. Shaw & Co. Ltd., . London
PZ8.2.F683 1920 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The cover adds an explanatory phrase to the title: Stories from Aesop. The book was apparently once given to Jean Blakeley from Zion Methodist Sunday School in Bradford. There are twenty fables reproduced on very heavy paper, almost cardboard stock. They have a variety of black-and-white illustrations, several of which has received some coloring. Some of the larger illustrations are signed Sexton. The fox leaping for the grapes has a human pose. The hare in one illustration for TH has an almost human torso. There is a colored frontispiece of The Jackdaw and the Peacocks. The front and back covers show, respectively, the two scenes of FS. If one puts together two of the illustrations within FS and the one on the front cover, there are actually three different kinds of vase pictured! Here is a book I would have expected to run into by now, but better late than never. The texts are chatty and a bit over-extended. The field mice deliberately run over the lion, thinking that he will not mind. The narrator praises the fox for calling the grapes sour at the end of FG.