. Pustaka Nan Yang . Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
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There is much that is curious about this well-worn children's book. It is a stiff-board book throughout its ten pages. The cover presents a graphic depiction of the man holding the goose on the chopping block, while the woman gets ready to cut its neck. The five fables inside are FC; DS; GGE; Golden Axe; and BW. Each title uses small letters throughout after the very first capital. The book belonged to a school library--perhaps Sin Min High School somewhere in China. It seems from their markings that they bought it for $3 in 1976. On the back cover beneath the Malaysian information on editor, publisher, and printer, there is an additional item naming Kwang Fu Book Co. in Taipei, Taiwan. The correctness of the English deteriorates along the way in this book. In DS we read This greedy dog then bark Wang! Wang! quickly jumped into the river. Soon we read This goose only lay an egg each day, really too little. Even worse is To their surprise they wasn't any gold at all. The water gold got very angry, he didn't gave him the golden axe neither did he helped him to search back his original axe. Condemned stamps occur several times in the book. The spine is giving way. The back cover indicates that there were five other Aesop's fables books in this series. The hunt goes on!