. Sterling Publishing Co. . NY/London ,
PZ8.2.C424 Aes 2009 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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This is a fine new book of Aesop's fables! The art is angular and detailed in the style of Lane Smith, featuring elongated figures with stiltlike limbs. Facing the beginning T of C is a quilt of thirty-six details from the illustrations for the thirty-six fables, each of which gets a page for text and illustration. My sense is that the illustrations may be much stronger than the texts. The grasshopper gives the ant both advice and grains (5). SW (16) is told in the poorer fashion. The illustrations are fascinating and engaging. Among the best of them, I believe, are BF (6), SW (16), The Lady and Her Maids (28), and The Bald Knight (32). So many fable books appear that have little justification for a new book. This new book is different!