When the Animals Could Talk: Fables
. Dnipro . Kiev
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Here is an extra copy of this good book with delightful Ukrainian illustrations. The Vixen and the Crane (14, with the same Skrypnyk version as the 1986 booklet of that title) is straight Aesop. The Hedgehog and the Rabbit (24) uses furrows to tell the story well; the rabbit dies on the seventy-fourth try at beating the hedgehog! Others, heavy on vixen-stories, have lots of common folktale motifs: the donkey invites a look at his hoof. The bear sees himself in the well and gets scared. Show me how you got him into the bag. I hate my own tail. The donkey catches birds on his nose by playing dead (6). The Wolf As a Reeve (32) is excellent. The closing fable about fables has a nationalistic note about preserving the Ukrainian language.