The Fox and the Stork: A Fable by Aesop
. North-South Books . NY/London ,
PZ8.2.R85 Fx 2003 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is an enchanting edition in the tradition I have come to expect from North-South. It was first published in Switzerland as Fuchs und Storch. The textures throughout are very soft. Fox wears an apron as he prepares his mouse-tail soup. In one of the loveliest images, Stork grooms and cleanses her feathers in preparation for the meal. She also picks a little bouquet as a gift. Another excellent image is the two-page spread of the two animals eating at Fox's house. Fox thinks that Stork did not even notice that he had tricked her. He steals a flower from Stork's own garden the next day to present her as a gift. The final excellent image is that of the gray day with a slightly surreal orange tree as Fox slinks away hungry.