Ackamarackus: Julius Lester's Sumptuously Silly Fantastically Funny Fables
. Scholastic Press . NY
xOvr. xPZ8.2.L45Ac 2001 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Whimsy is the key here. These stories play with language, as when in how bernard the bee lost his buzz (1), Bernard tests his buzz to make sure that he has not become a been. When he goes out to find breakfast, we later learn, he has been wearing his seatbelt. Bernard falls in love. The story leads to two morals: Always be all that you can bee and Why buzz when you can balalaika? the flies learn to fly (8) teaches that an airplane is just a big fly. A clever illustration shows an airliner with Fly Fly on its side. how the lion became king of the jungle (12) tells us that both a hippopotamus and an elephant could not disturb Lionel the lion in the midst of sleep that was clearly so peaceful and enjoyable. His wives finally decide to sell the opportunity to photograph him sleeping at a dollar a pop. Appreciate somebody for who he is instead of getting upset about who he isn't. In anna the angry ant (19), the title character swallows an anaconda. Don’t eat when you're angry. You might swallow more than you want to. Next up is ellen the eagle finds her place in the world (24). Ellen's place turns out to be Washington, D.C., where she poses whenever the government needs an eagle picture. If you were born a chicken but think you're an eagle, don't be a turkey. Finally, the incredible adventure of adalbert the alligator (31) takes adalbert to Vermont, where he shares a cave with Bertice the Bear. You are what you think you are and not what others think you aren't.