The Miller Who Tried to Please Everyone
Smith, David Preston
. Dominie Press, Inc. . Carlsbad, CA
Dom 10 .
PZ8.2.T787 Mi 1999 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is the tenth book of this series of ten. Pearson Learning Group is not mentioned, and the publisher's address is Carlsbad, CA. The word count is 560. Sixteen pages. One of the best illustrations in this version is the first, with its emphasis on the tired old donkey breaking down under his load. The repeated line of the miller here is They must be right. The line from the farmer near town to them is Surely that isn't your own poor donkey! Another great illustration shows the confusion and apprehension of the donkey with his hooves tied together above the pole as he is carried over a bridge. Here the donkey is able to jump out of the river and run away, refreshed from his swim. The miller introduces the moral by saying to his son At least we learned one thing. The whole booklet is well done. It looks like Dominie yielded the rights to this book to the Pearson Learning Group sometime after 2003. Finding two of the books of this series has led to finding many more including this one. Let me see when I can complete the set!