It's Time for Story Hour
Sechrist, Elizabeth Hough
. Macrae Smith Company . Philadelphia
PZ5.S437 It 1964 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Clare asked wisely Which of these stories have been expanded from fables? Good question! The book's third part, Cunning Beasts and Trickish Men, seems to be predominated by stories that have been expanded from fables. The Man Whose Trade Was Tricks extends beyond normal fable length and involves several tricks, but the basic ploy is to get the king to believe outrageous stories, and he does (106). The Fox and the Bear is the old story of splitting the harvest by taking either what is on top of or under the soil (111). The Magic Cap combines two old tricks. The first consists in calling a cow a donkey until its owner sells it at a donkey's price rather than a cow's price. The revenge comes in a ploy to get the tricksters to buy a magic cap that pays for everything (117). The Little Jackal and the Alligator is a multi-phase playing out of the one ploy, namely of getting the alligator to declare where he is in the water (121). The story moves then to the jackal's house, where the jackal gets the alligator to reveal himself by answering in the name of the house. The Old Woman and the Tramp is the story of nail soup (126). How Brother Rabbit Fooled the Whale and the Elephant is a fine inclusion from the B'rer Rabbit stories (132). Good tip, Clare!