Who Was Aesop? Aesop's Fables
. Graphic Educational Productions Inc. . Hollywood, CA
PZ8.2.W46 1946 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This large (10¾ x 10¼) book with a 78-rpm record enclosed is remarkable first of all for the lively red face of Aesop that stands out on its cover. Around this figure are arrayed the characters from some well-known fables: LM, a stork, TH, FC, and MSA. Inside, a text deliberately slanted towards children introduces an Aesop talking with children. Seeing a crow leads him to tell FC. This story is presented in three pages of four panels each. An intermediate page presents an attractive older Aesop talking with the fox. The fox, he asserts, does not always have the last laugh, and so he tells FS, which is presented in similar fashion. The transition here involves noting first that for FS, one bad turn leads to another. Aesop wants to exemplify that one good turn also leads to another, and so he tells LM. After a two-page glimpse at Aesop's life, the book presents on one page each MSA and TH, each with a number of small panels that tell the story eloquently. In the last panel of MSA, we see just the ears of the donkey protruding from the water. Watch out to preserve the record inside this book!