A Selection of Aesop's Fables
Viguers, Susan T
. Shandy Press . Philadelphia and Minneapolis
PA3855.E5 V5 2006 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Commissioned by The Friends of the Print Collection of The Free Library of Philadelphia for Bound/Unbound, the 7th annual Robert F. Looney Memorial Event. Viguers draws most on Jacobs' 1894 collection. Viguers claims to have based her translation on the Assemblies of Aesopic Tales of Demetrius Phalareus, the recently discovered scroll that miraculously survived the razings of the Alexandrian libraries. Viguers' particular contribution to fable telling may lie in the direct expostulations of the animals, like the fox's Greoff gruff, grupp, grupp, grupp comments while lapping up all the soup that the stork could not eat. The wolf with a bone in his throat coughs Kuruff, kuruff, kuruff. One right-hand page of text is followed by a red-and-yellow right hand page of illustration with a moral beneath its picture. Particularly effective is Engelbart's depiction of LM, in which the lion resembles a ball of yarn! His DLS is also quite clever. The disguised ass strikes a Herculean pose. The morals give witness to some reflection. For OF, we read Don't Pick a Model Who's Much Greater. In an afterword, Viguers takes those to task who find the fables of the Panchatantra offering a deeper philosophical vision than Aesop's. I apologize for lapsing into sermon, but I firmly believe that Aesop's tales illuminate our path as they did that of the Greeks 2,600 years ago. This is a finely constructed book.