The Barnyard News
Winborne, H. L
. Robert Welch Publishing Company . Cambridge, Mass.
PZ8.2.W563 Bar 1945 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This oversized book (14 x 11) uses the format of a four-page monthly newspaper to present Mother Goose stories and Aesopic fables in paraphrase as news stories. (November alone seems to merit only two pages.) Thus in February we find on the front page Mouse Family Holds Conference by Uncle Aesop Slocum. The article is accompanied by a picture What To Do About Cats? and mentions that eleven different ideas were suggested at the conference. Nearby is an advertisement for Peter Puppy Cat-Belling Service. A month later we learn that Caw Caw Crow was greatly disappointed. He came home from college, where he had learned to think for himself. One of his conclusions was that, if he would stay in the pond as Guinevere Goose has, he could develop white feathers. Caw Caw's father later teaches him a new trick when he returns for spring vacation. The younger crow could find only a half-filled milk bottle to quench his thirst. Horny Bull almost crushes Freddy Frog, and apparently Mrs. Frog stops before she bursts. The fable articles seem to be marked by having Uncle Aesop Slocum as their author. There is about one fable per monthly newspaper. My, the things that have been done with Aesop's fables!