. Phoenix House . London
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Here is an extra copy without a dust-jacket. A strange find. This book was staring at me on the counter of a new book store that had nothing for me where I had stopped to ask about a reported (but non-existent) used book store in the neighborhood. Is that Ravi Shankar the Beatles' old friend or maybe someone named after him? Ten well told, witty tales in verse include two slightly expanded from Aesop but with different contemporary twists. The eagle dies of grief over the beetle's continual destruction of his eggs wrought out of vengeance for the beetle's old friend, the hare. And the female hare ends up losing the race but winning all the press acclaim. The other tales come two each from India, China, the Ukraine, and the Land of Gup. The Mouse and the Snake from China is a good fable with an ironic ending comment. The Cat and the Cock from the Ukraine uses repeated lines very well but has the misspelling seranade (70). In #9, the frog manager ruins the nightingale and never knows it. One black-and-white line sketch with each story, two with the last.