The Contest Between the Sun and the Wind: An Aesop's Fable
. August House Little Folk . Atlanta, Ga.
PZ8.2.F62 Con 2008 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I have several other texts done by Heather Forest, but I believe that this is both my first book by Susan Gaber and my first book published in 2008. It follows the correct version of the fable when it has the sun say Let us see who can take the coat off of that man on the road. Forest continues to tell the story well. The text moves into occasional rhyme, as when the wind proclaims: I'll SMASH him against the trees!/I'll take his coat off with ease! The art does a good job of matching the two forces, e.g., when they together form a circle on the title-page. Gaber can use two pages together for a landscape view, as when the man bends with the wind, or for a portrait view on the following pages, when the wind blows harder and the man holds onto his coat. Here there is no contact or interchange between the two rounds; the wind simply blusters off. The man in the sunshine not only unbuttons his coat. He also sings out loud. Finally, he takes off his coat and sits in a shady spot. The wind returns and tells the sun that he cannot imagine that the sun could do any better than he did. The sun shows him the man sitting and playing his flute. How did you FORCE him to take off his coat! The sun answers that he won his way through gentleness. When the wind opines that there must have been a trick, the sun offers to show him the choice and the skill that did it. The story wisely does not give the wind's answer. The author adds only The Sun just smiled…. This lovely book is dedicated to Peace Makers everywhere.