. Reader's World . New Delhi
PZ8.2.A254 2001 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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Here is a surprising find from my last day in Manila. This 112-page hardbound edition, published in India, reproduces the twenty stories told in Learning for Life: Aesop's Fables Parts 1-4 (1999) by the same publisher, where Pratibha Nath was acknowledged as the source of the texts. There is no acknowledgment here. Here there are 110 pages of stories (5 x 22) after two pages of title and introduction. Like the earlier work, this work is marked by its energy. Its first strange note is that the text on the front flyleaf stops abruptly in mid-sentence! Many texts butt up against illustrations. The fox in FG hits his head against a wall as he jumps, and he falls down senseless. The leaping fox may have come from Fritz Kredel's work (4). The mouse exploring the lion deliberately puts his tail up the lion's nose (10)! The contraction Im misses its apostrophe on 11; there is a c missing in presence on 28. The same proofreading errors I noted in commenting on Learning for Life are still here on 52, 56, and 77. The new fables are Who Was Cleverer? (between the fox and the cat); Cock Crow (and the two maids); The Donkey's Shadow; Visitors for the Lion; and FS. The cat in the first story is sure of the superiority of her one trick from the beginning. The Donkey's Shadow includes the remainder of the trip, on which the owner gallantly offered to lead the way while they both almost died from thirst. The lost donkey had been carrying their water. The fox who has noticed the direction of the footprints offers to send the lion a get-well card! In FS, the stork immediately hails what the fox has done as a really good joke. The moral here is: Enjoy a joke when you are the target. The proofreading errors continue. On 98 the desert had become so hat that the donkey rider took a break..