. McLoughlin Brothers . NY ,
PZ8.3.P598 1898 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a second copy of this little toy booklet. It is in better condition than the first. The covers' printing is heavy on red rather than on the pink and white of the earlier copy. Even the back cover has a reddish tone. Let me repeat my comments from there. This toy book is unusual in its size, since it is 4¾ x 6; most other toy books that I have seen have been larger. It is also perhaps unusual in having a two-color cover but multi-colored images on each of its eight pages inside. The fables seem to me closest to Hey's fables. That is, they are not really fables but most frequently a conjunction of a dialogue and a reflection. A boy asks a butterfly what it lives on, and the butterfly answers blossom-scent, and sunshine fair. The poetry suffers from needing to repeat sentence subjects: The cow she said nothing in reply. The last story comes closest to being a fable. A boy asks a goat why he has a beard and horns. The child tests the goat's answer by pulling his beard, and learns to stop doing that by experiencing the goat's horns!