The Best of Aesop's Fables
Pusztai, Irina Georgeta
. Tormont Publications, Inc. . Montreal
PZ8.2.B74 Be 2001 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Thirty fables are told here in a small (about 4½ x 6½) 119-page volume that puts together five volumes published by Tormont in 1998 as Famous Fables Treasury. This stout little book has padded covers. The versions have a tendency to soften harsh endings. Thus the ant hands the grasshopper a broom and tells him that he will have to work for his supper. The lamb at the end of WL had to run for her life. This may mark the first time I have seen the lamb get out of this fable alive! The donkey merely collapses after the horse refuses to share some of his burdens. Several morals are very good. The moral for BC is We often think some plan is a wonderful idea--as long as we don't have [to] carry it out ourselves! That for The Wolf, the Nanny-Goat, and the Kid is It never hurts to check twice! The ox himself is the interlocuter with the about-to-burst frog. Perrette runs into problems when she skips because she is thinking about having so much money. Her husband admonishes her later. The illustrations are typical of Tormont publications: bright, lively, slightly cute. The final illustration for The Monkey and the Cat is striking.