A Book of Fables: Amusement for Good Little Children
. Brown Taggard, & Chase, . Boston
Aesop et al
PZ8.2.B664 1859 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
Aesop et al
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This is a pamphlet of 16 pages. The fables here include several that are new to me. In The Fox and the Cock, the fox tells the cock that he has heard that he is clever and wants to ask him a riddle. A dwarf meets a giant and asks to go with him. They meet robbers, whom the giant beats with his club, but the dwarf gets beaten. The giant tells the dwarf that if he is not strong, he must not go out to battle with a giant. The moral is that we should not set ourselves up as equal to those greater and wiser than us. The Dog and the Rat includes the usual plea to be allowed to grow and come back to be eaten one year later. It has the unusual moral: Check a small fault at once. A father brings home a peach for each child and the next day asks what each child has done with his peach. After the results are narrated, the fable asks Which made the best use of his peach? The book also questions the morality of the dog who helped eat his own master's dinner before the other thieving dogs could eat it all. A shrewd old hog tells a young pig not to be proud over the attentions that humans pay to them. More traditional fables include The Partridge and Her Young, CJ, and DS. The pamphlet has color on its cover but a good deal of staining throughout. The sewn binding is very weak. It is curious that there is an advertisement on the inside back-cover for various books in the series Rollo's Tour in Europe, published by Taggard & Thompson, while this booklet is published by Brown, Taggard, and Chase. The back cover itself advertises several series published by Brown, Taggard, and Chase, including this series, The Rock-a-bye Library.