Aesop's Fables: The Fox and the Grapes
. Bright Sparks Parragon, , Parragon: The Complete Works . Bath ,
PZ8.2.R36 Fx 2001b (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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As I came to catalogue this book, I thought that I recognized it as identical with another that I already had. Having the two of them in my hands showed me that I was wrong. Internally the books are the same, and their data are all the same except for the last four digits of their ISBN numbers. This one has 211-5, whereas that has 215-8 after 1-84250. This copy lacks the purple wavy stripe along the spine and rearranges the back cover somewhat. The front cover here lacks mention of Bright Sparks. Most of all, this cover's illustration is a mirror opposite of that one! Let me mention my comments from there. This must be the longest telling of FG that I have read! This expansive version has time for the fox to chase bunnies and squirrels. Both failures give him a chance to use the logic that he will employ vis-à-vis the grapes later on. Who cares about a bunch of silly bunnies? His being frightened by a passing hay-wagon seems to have less thematic relation to the story. Eight pages in this little book are then dedicated to the fox's leaping.