The Latch Key of My Bookhouse
. The Book House for Children . Chicago
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PZ5.M616My 1925 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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There are no fables in this sixth of six volumes of The Book House. Like the fifth volume, it has a copyright of 1921. This sixth volume has an additional copyright in 1925. In a series of biographical comments, there is a two-page presentation on Aesop, The Slave Boy (316-17). La Fontaine gets two lines and two versions of his fables recommended on 362. This final volume in the series has some unusual elements at its end. Note in particular the Ethical Theme Index that runs for twenty-six pages! On one page, there are references to industry, ingratitude, inquisitiveness, international feeling, inventiveness, investigativeness, irresponsibility, jealousy, joking that is unkind, joy, judging, and justice. Whew! The last element of all is a guide to the pronunciation of proper names in all six volumes. Of special help to me has been the Special Subjects Index, including items like fables and humorous stories and poems. Before that, there is a General Index of Authors, Titles and Leading Characters. In lieu of a comment on fables, I repeat three observations from earlier volumes in the set. First, it is curious that this set of books is inscribed by Joan Helene Aleck of Omaha, NE, in 1936. Somehow they ended up in the possession of Clare Leeper in Baton Rouge, and then came back to Omaha. Secondly, it seems that all the volumes in the series have exactly 448 pages. Thirdly, I wish I had a dollar for every person who has emailed me asking where to obtain a particular cherished volume from this series!