Oak Meadow Fables
. Oak Meadow Inc., . Putnam, VT ,
PZ8.2.O235 2000 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Sixteen stories are told on 85 pages. The stories range from The Little Red Hen and The Gingerbread Boy to TMCM and TT. Nine of the sixteen stories are fables. The Little Jackals and the Lion (11) has the jackals leading the lion to the supposed home of his rival in a well. Other fables include TMCM; BW; The Larks in the Cornfield; The Brahmin, the Tiger, and the Jackal (where five different creatures are questioned about whether the tiger should eat the Brahmin); TT; and The Gold in the Orchard. SW is told in the poorer form (28). New to me and good is The Jealous Courtiers (58). The artist Grupello is asked by the Elector in Dusseldorf to make a statue of him. He does so and it pleases the elector very much. His courtiers are, however, jealous and make all sorts of criticisms and suggestions. Grupello asks for time to adjust and is heard pounding away for days. When he unveils, each critic declares the statue improved in the regard that he had raised. Then Grupello reveals that he changed nothing and that he has been hammering at the reputation of the Elector's courtiers (61). The illustrations are simple designs, one at the end of each story.