Aesop's Fables in Verse
. Paul Cave Publications Ltd. . Southampton ,
PZ8.2.K53 1985 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here are twenty-four lively verse retellings of familiar Aesopic fables, each on an unnumbered left-hand page. On the right pages are corresponding full-page colored illustrations. The paper used here is about as slick and heavy as I have seen. There is a nice black-and-white artist's design after each text. Among my favorites are the illustrations for The Boys and the Frogs and TB. The dog in DS leans over a hand-railing. This good choice allows the artist to overcome some usual awkwardness in the dog's posture as he contemplates himself. FWT displays not only the fox without the tail but the tail without the fox! In BW, the design showing townspeople running out to help at the end of the text is a good foil to the colored picture of the people not responding to the boy's urgent pleas. The trees' faces and bodies are well executed in The Trees and the Axe. The blue-green endpapers seem a bit strange. The dust-jacket reproduces the GGE illustration.