Favorite Aesop's Fables
. Parragon Publishing . Bath, Eng. ,
PZ8.2.R36 Fav 2003b (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is a new experience for me. Parragon published one year earlier a book with the same title except for using the British spelling Favourite. This book is largely identical but with that u dropped whenever the title occurs. The verso of the title page adds Created and produced by The Complete Works. The ISBN has changed. That copy has a dustjacket, but this does not. In that earlier work Parragon was apparently combining three smaller works that included TMCM, TH, and GA. Parragon did versions of all three in 2001 in Bright Sparks editions. The cartoon-work is fun here. Still, I wonder how successful Gardner is in depicting Town Mouse. Does his image fit with the text's description that his whiskers were trimmed and elegant? (In the two earlier versions, that last phrase had been smart and elegant and fancy and elegant.) The town here has trucks where the 2002 version had lorries. In town, Country Mouse gets a tummy ache from all the rich food he has eaten. A woman with a broom and a cat threaten the two mice. Country Mouse stays one night in town but is too unhappy to sleep. He tries hard not to cry. Country Mouse never, ever goes back to the city again. This version of TH sets out to have fun with the story. After the race's start, we read this of Hare: When there was no one to show off for, he slowed down just a bit. When Tortoise--unusually upright in this version, I think--comes upon Hare sleeping, he does not wake him and says He must have a reason for sleeping. He would only be angry if I woke him! The 2002 version had changed angry to cross. Now the text changes back again! GA is told here in traditional fashion and is illustrated with lively cartoon characters including Bee, Ladybug (Ladybird in 2002), and Spider. When we meet Ant, she is struggling to balance a number of grains on her back. Grasshopper annoys the other insects by dancing and singing at night when the other insects are trying to sleep. By the end of the summer, Ant has four little children ants. She asks Grasshopper at this point what he is doing about building a nest and storing food. In the end, Ant relents and lets Grasshopper in. Grasshopper learns his lesson and is ready to build a nest of his own when spring arrives.