. Tradewind Books . Vancouver and London
PZ8.2.R68 Ae 2013 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
MetadataShow full item record
Each of thirteen fables get a spread of two pages facing each other, with one page for text and moral and the other for a page-covering illustration. The final line of DW is I'd rather be free than be a well-fed slave. I find the beginning thoughts of the frog in OF unlikely. He sees the bull and admits both that the bull is bigger than a hundred frogs and that he is only as big as the bull's eyeball. Does not the fable go better if either the bull is out of sight or the frog thinks he is close to as big as the bull? In The Axe and the Fir Trees, multiple people come to the woods to ask for help in getting axe handles. The Country Mouse seems to stay several days in town before repeated human footsteps scare him back to his home. Morals are lengthy and accomodating, as in FG: Don't fool yourself into saying that something is bad, when really you know it's good. You're probably only saying it because you can't have it. The artist's style is thoroughly distinctive. The background in each picture is black. The animals have curved geometric figures, often, as on the cover, with gentle arcs joining them. Perhaps best of all the good illustrations is FC, where crow, cheese, and fox form an almost complete circle. WL has an unusually stark illustration: the reflection of the wolf in the water has the lamb already inside him. The book is not paginated.