. Andersen Press . London
PZ8.2.T378 Wolf 1986 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Rose's calls this a fable, and I will not argue. It is not a known -- at least to me -- Aesopic fable. Porcupine needs a nut and goes to the wolf to ask him to crack it. Wolf has never done a favor before. Doing this good deed carries wolf through the day. Porcupine offers squirrel some of the nut, and crumbs beckon to crow. Crow then is even willing to pick some grapes for fox. The pattern is that an animal hears about a good deed and approaches life with an upswing of hope. Chicken is next to be surprised by a favor. Even snake wonders what it would be like to do someone a favor -- and then does it by directing lamb to a particularly grassy field. The focus here is on the confidence that the doer of a favor generates and receives in the process. Testa's work remains highly engaging. Maybe his best illustration here has the wolf cracking the nut as the original favor.