My Tale is Twisted! Or The Storal to this Mory, With a Glowing Introduction by the Author Himself
Taylor, F. Chase
. M.S. Mill Co. . NY ,
PS3539.A8917 M9 1946 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I have had such fun reading this book! I am going to copy its fables and try some of them first with my community and then in my next fable lecture. I had sought this book for years since my sister Meg sent me an excerpt that she had used with a class of hers. The book was virtually impossible to find. The alibris price suggests that its seller also knows that it is rare. Reading these stories is fun. Stoopnagle himself warns in his introduction that it is not to be read at a single setting. I can manage about one or two stories, and my mind is whirring. The clever transformations are not the result of simple by-the-book mechanisms. Phrase after phrase makes a listener or reader stop to think--or thop to stink, as Stoopnagle would say. Among the best treasures is a second moral thrown in after GGE: Let deeping logs sly (8). Another fine moral finishes off The Bat and the Curds, namely Clancy foes do not a Mockter dake, nor iron cars a baige (36). Twenty-six fables are followed by eighteen Tairy Fales. Pearson's illustrations--for about every third story--are what one would expect from a good journalistic work: they are humorous cartoons, exploiting some of the fun of the situation in easily received manner. Stoopnagle's acknowledgements include the Saturday Evening Post, Aesop, and his ancestors.