For the Children's Hour
Bailey, Carolyn Sherwin
Lewis, Clara M
. Milton Bradley Company . Springfield, Mass.
PZ5.B344 For 1928 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The categories of an early story book like this tell a great deal. Here the sections are titled Stories of the Home Relationship, The Home, Nature Stories, Holiday Stories, and Fairy Tales and Fables. In this last section there are six fables (328-33). None of the six nicely colored illustrations relate to the fables. Five of the six fables seem to me to be predictably good traditional choices for children to learn from: GA, AD, CP, FC, and DS. The Gourd and the Pine Tree (330) is new to me: a gourd grows upon the pine and grows up to its top in a year and is proud of that fact. Winter storms and frost come and the gourd soon falls into a heap, while the pine continues to stand strong and tall. The end of the book is separating from its spine.