The Elson Readers: Book Three
. Scott, Foresman and Company . Chicago
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Here is an extra copy in poorer condition. The verso of the title-page here does not, as in the good copy, include The Franklin Company, Chicago, Engravers and Printers. As in Elson's Book Two (1926/27), the T of C at the beginning announces a fable section (here 48-53) containing five stories, the first and the last with a good black-and-green illustration. As there, there is no identification on 48 of a new section beginning. Old Horses Know Best (48) features a young horse drawing a cart of jars, dishes, and bowls; he decides to show the old horse how to get down a hill in a hurry. And he succeeds! The Miser is a standard telling of the well known fable. The Dog and the Horse comes from Krilov (8:16); the dog claims that the farm does not really need the horse. FC and The Clown and the Countryman finish out the quintet. The latter is told more simply than in Phaedrus. The countryman finishes by saying You do not know a pig's squeal when you hear it.