The Big Tree and the Little Bush: An Aesop Fable
Stott, D. H
. Gage Educational Publishing Ltd. . Agincourt, Ontario
PZ8.2.S67 Big 1972 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a 16-page pamphlet offering a well-told traditional fable with simple, pleasing cuts in four or five colors. The bush laments that it is small. It wants to be big, like the tree. The tree counsels the bush to be happy as a bush. For example, when the bush says You can see a long way and I can't, the tree counters I don't always like what I see. Soon enough the woodcutters appear and the inevitable occurs. Just before it is chopped down, the tree asks the bush Now aren't you glad you're a bush? The bush ends the story declaring that he is happy to be a bush. The best visual may be the two-page spread on 8-9 that shows all the fable's characters. A very nice find!