. Dial Books for Young Readers: Penguin Young Readers Group . NY ,
PZ8.2.S56 Ae 2003 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a very lively and colorful oversized children's book featuring two-page spreads for fifteen fables. Realism, exaggeration, color, and dynamism mark the visual style; sometimes the animals, and especially their faces, become contorted. Some tellings here have fun with the traditional story, as when the tortoise who has begged for flying lessons begs in falling for landing lessons. When the wolf threatens the poor crane who has removed the bone, he tells her to leave before he eats her for dessert. I promise to chew every bite forty times! The country mouse leaves upon hearing the first sound of approaching dogs. GA has a good moral: It is best to finish your chores before you play. The best illustration may be the first for The Stag at the Pool: we see only four spindly legs up to a point above the knee, along with their reflection in the water. Both illustrations of OF are good, including the one where a frog seems to sit on a giant blotch, apparently what is left of his exploded father. The Fox, the Rooster, and the Dog suffers, I think, from having the dog physically present. The story runs better with a dog that the clever rooster concocts. This is among the better recent Aesop fables books for kids, I think.