Harum-Scarum: The Tale of a Hare and a Tortoise
. Hodder & Stoughton . London
PZ8.2.B97 Ha 1925 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Two things are coming clear to me as I get into further stories in this series. First, the cover picture is the same on each book. No wonder I noticed that it has nothing to do with the book's particular story! Secondly, I think that the Detmold tipped-in illustration serving as frontispiece for each volume is a reprint of his Aesop's Fables illustrations from his 1909 Hodder edition. How convenient for this publisher to bring the illustrations over from one book to another! Harum-Scarum is a hyperactive young bunny who frightens his mother and the neighbors with his energy. The race is cleverly introduced here. Neighbors are complaining about Harum-Scarum, and Mrs. Tortoise says that anyone with legs as long as his could run. She goes on to say that she thinks her husband could beat Harum-Scarum. These two tortoises are over a hundred years old! The match and its outcome is related in loving and lingering detail. William Weasel makes a surprise second appearance very near the end of this little book.