The Rabbit and the Turtle: Aesop's Fables Retold and Illustrated by Eric Carle
. Orchard Books: Scholastic . NY
PZ8.2.C22 Rab 2008 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The information facing the title-page indicates that the stories here come from Eric Carle's Treasury of Classic Stories for Children, published in 1988. Some of them appeared, it says, in Twelve Tales from Aesop, published in 1980. In any case, the order of elements is different here. As I mentioned when I first encountered Carle's work, both art and narrative are lively and playful. FC (26) and GA (28) offer excellent illustrations from this fine piece of work. The crow holds a sausage in his beak, a plate with another sausage in one foot, and a knife and fork in his hands, while a wine-bottle and glass sit perched in the tree! Fox and child sit waiting patiently on a bench below. (That same fox and child appear on the title-page.) This version of GA transforms the traditional ending: one last ant who appreciates his music opens her home to the grasshopper. Enjoy the development of the narrative of OF (22) as family members shout that they love the frog as he is! I like this book a great deal, and I am glad to see it newly released. I have used many of Carle's illustrations in slide-lectures. Reinforced binding for library use.