The Strange Feathery Beast and Other French Fables
. Carousel Books: Transworld Publishers . London
PZ8.1.C786 St 1973 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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There are five folktales here, heavy on trickery. The title-story is about outwitting the devil. The simple farmer Vidalou finally outwits him by producing an animal that the devil cannot identify. This animal is Vidalou's pudgy wife, covered with feathers and with a funnel for a nose. There are good images of this animal on the cover, on 20, and on 22. I enjoyed the tricks in The Wolf in the Ram's Skin (52-65). The village idiot Pierre outwits the three brothers that bully him, for example by following his mother's advice literally: Take the wolf by the tail. Later on, he outwits the three again by getting them to be sewn into bags and to be thrown into the river.