Crow & Fox and Other Animal Legends
. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers . NY
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Here is an extra copy of the first printing in excellent condition, with a dust-jacket. A beautiful large-format book with strong colors in its illustrations, borders, and designs. The nine stories are linked as each fable takes up one character from the preceding. I find four that are Aesopic fables: The Elephant and the Hare from the Panchatantra tradition; TT from the same tradition, but with the tortoise only cracking his shell and needing months to get healed; The Crow and the Fox, a version of FS in which the crow drops dates onto thorns, where the fox cannot get at them; and The Fox and the Bear, who ends up without his tail after fishing. For especially good illustrations, check the flying tortoise (13) and the coyote laughing out water (25). I like this book.