When Animals Talked: Fables from all over the World
Whitehead, George Salton
. Cultural Publications Limited . Nottingham ,
Aesop et al
PZ8.2.W543 Wh 1960 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
Aesop et al
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This book has a strong musty smell! The book has a different -- and good! -- telling of the story of Renard, the bear, and the wood wedges: Who Likes Honey? (1-7). Renard Turns Sheepdog features the monkey and Renard as shepherds (8-13). This story is new to me. I also read the third story, which is a good extended story about the monkey and fox stealing King Lion's crown, robe, and scepter. They create a harsh and ugly government. King Lion returns to claim his throne, and the clever fox opens the castle to him, claiming to be his true servant. The Lion King uses his help, dismisses the monkey with some punishment and banishes the fox from the court (The Sham King, 14-24). The fourth story is the Chanticleer story. There are several stories here that are typically Renardian: longer than normal fables but including fable material and strategems. Overall, there are nineteen stories, identified by the countries that they come from, including Dixieland. I think I can perceive the differing styles of the two artists. Compare the illustrations on 10 and 15. I doubt that they came from the same hand.