Fox Tails: Four Fables from Aesop
. Holiday House . NY ,
PZ8.2.L68 Fo 2012 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Similar to The Ant and the Grasshopper from the same artist and publisher in 2000. Like it, this large-format book is over 10 square. Amy Lowry (who was Amy Lowry Poole in 2000) cleverly weaves FG, FC, The Fox and the Goat, and FS into a single dramatic tale. The stork invites those who were victimized in FC and The Fox and the Goat to watch as she gets even with the fox at dinner that evening. The two guests watch as the fox goes away muttering Drat. Then the stork invites those two guests to sit down and enjoy the meal which the fox could not get at. I like best the picture of the two onlookers laughing in the background as the fox tries in vain to get some of the fine fish stew that the stork has put into tall jars. Another excellent illustration is the first: the hungry fox looks into an empty refrigerator. A final page offers good traditional morals for each of the four fables. Lowry's selection of the books on the fox's bookshelf is engaging. The list includes Anansi Tales, Trickster Tales, Volpone, Omelettes, and Chicken Recipes. Another delightful book!