Work That Is Play
. A. Flanagan Company . Chicago
PE1127.P45 G37 1927 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book reprints in slightly different format an original publication from 1908 from the same company. The format is slightly larger; the plates seem the same, but the margins have increased in size. The cloth cover has changed its background color from tan to yellow. The lovely monochrome endpapers of MM and The Wolf and the Goat have become plain paper. Let me repeat some of my comments from that edition. This book is a favorite of mine. It begins with an impassioned plea for play for little folks. It presents a narrative and then the same story in dramatic form. New to me: The Lion and His Echo and The Farmer's Three Enemies. Differently told: the fox sees other beasts go into the sick lion's den. The river fairy is a hand: my, how secular can we get! The ant lets the grasshopper in and gives him food. The sun tells the wind that each has strengths. (The bet of the sun and wind follows the poorer tradition.) The mice are interrupted by a servant and then by a boy and a dog together. The lion is tied up while asleep; there is no trap or net. This copy is in good condition.