Jack-a-Dandy: The Tale of the Vain Jackdaw
. Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. . London
PZ8.2.B97 Ja 1925 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I now have five books in this series. Again, the cover is the same as for the others in the series. Again the Detmold tipped-in illustration serving as frontispiece is a reprint from his 1909 Hodder edition of Aesop's Fables. Byron here adds a character, Pucklet, a tiny sprite that knows how Jack Daw is hankering after various birds' feathers. Pucklet offers to help Jack get all the feathers he wants. Pucklet rides Jack as they collect the feathers. Jack Daw becomes rather like a rainbow turned into a bird (27). At first, the new Jack-a-Dandy makes a great impression on the other birds. He becomes the talk of the town. The sparrow has been spurned by Jack and Pucklet, and he notices that Jack has no two feathers alike. He sees Pucklet and Jack fall out, so that the former leaves. In the end, Mrs. Daw is able to convince Jack that he is better as a plain Jack Daw. Again, this series provides a fresh and reflective version of a traditional fable.