Five Funny Fables and how to play them
Kirkman, F. B
. A. & C. Black Ltd., . London
PZ8.2.K57 Fv 1919 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I had bought a copy of this book sixteen years ago for about one-seventh the price! This copy is different in at least two respects. First, its spine is not broken at the top nor frayed at the bottom. Secondly, its cover uses black rather than purple ink for its print and the stripe framing the cover. This copy's cover is stained. Its pre-title page has a different feel and heft. Otherwise let me include comments I made then. Five dramas. Good encouragement to adapt is built right into the first story, FG. FC is nicely elaborated. FS includes both Mr. and Mrs. Stork; the fox gets his muzzle caught in the pot. How a Bear and a Man became Friends gets into crazy language games: other animals cannot talk, but they think that there is something wrong with an animal that can talk. On the first day, the bear hits the man in the face with his paw. On the second day he piles grass on the man's nose. On the third day he asks a swallow to eat the fly. TH includes an ending comment (39) about the difficulty of playing the snake! The stories here are greatly elaborated. There are very nice monochrome illustrations, which I like a great deal, along with two poor full-page illustrations (frontispiece and 23). Beginning at 34 we find two-color art in green and brown.