. McLoughlin Brothers . NY
PZ8.3.P598 1898 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a third copy of this little toy booklet. It is in poorer condition than both of the others. But it has a more diverse coloring scheme for the front cover, including several colors or tones. It thus has the look of being an older printing. However, the back cover has the same information and the same prices as the back covers of the other two copies. This copy has been sewn clumsily, and folded and even slashed down the center. It was also cheaper than both the others! Let me repeat some of my comments made a propos of the other copies. 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. 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!