Classic Animal Stories
. Arcade Publishing: Little, Brown and Co. . NY
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Here is an extra copy of the first US edition of this book, with a dust-jacket and in excellent condition. Eighteen stories, including five fables, with sixteen good full-page colored illustrations gathered in four places and over fifty black-and-white illustrations mixed in with the text. Do not miss the great frog band on the end papers! All fables but one are retold by Anne Forsyth; Catherine Taylor retells DW. The colored illustrations, colorful, detailed, and bold, recall Rackham and Detmold. The best of the colored fable illustrations is The Cat and the Fox (81); the best of the rest is Chanticleer and Pertelotte. Bertrand and Ratto (29), BC (71), and The Cat and the Fox (107) follow LaFontaine closely, down to the moral of the first: Princes do the work of kings--and get burnt fingers. In the rats' council, the oldest suggests the bell. Aesop is represented by DW (135) and TMCM (149). The fables may be expanded a bit too much, presumably for children's understanding.