The Cricket and the Ant: Fable by Jean de la Fontaine
La Fontaine, Jean de
. Mulder & Zoon . Amsterdam
PZ8.2.L134 Cr 1955 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is the English version of a booklet I already have in French from the same publisher and artist and similarly listed under 1955? There Tante Tsylla et Frédérique Laurant were acknowledged as the writers of the explanatory story; here Ann Lewis and Paerl (sic) Peters get the credit. Perhaps the latter are translators of the work of the former. The polychrome illustrations are not printed as carefully here as there. The illustrations in this large pamphlet (8¾ x 9 3/8) are all proportionally identical with the illustrations in the smaller Eight Fables by La Fontaine but the polychrome image for the fable GA itself is strangely not the same as the GA illustration in the larger book. That is, I have just noticed for perhaps the first time that the smaller version (which this booklet follows) and the larger version of Eight Fables by La Fontaine are not identical in their GA illustration, though they are identical in all the illustrations for the explanatory companion story. Strange! Like all of these Mulder publications, this book builds off of a fascinating concept: a second, longer story echoes in human terms the lesson of the fable. Here the fairy Elvira is sad over enjoy now Pixie Redbeard, angry with him, and deaf to his request. I could not disagree more with the philosophy of this application. This is the first English copy I have found of the eight booklets in the English series. Mulder on the cover of the French booklet and of this version is also Mulder & Zoon on the title-page here. The title-page there offered only Albums du Gai Moulin, of which there is no mention here.