A Story a Day: 365 Animal Stories and Rhymes
. Parragon Books Ltd. . Bath, UK
PZ5.T474 2011 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a sturdy children's book that does offer "a story a day." The 365 stories are written by twelve different writers and illustrated by twenty-six different illustrators. There are some twenty-two fables mixed in, all but one of them identified by a moral phrased as "Aesop's moral." One of the cleverest of these is to SS: "One solution does not fit all problems" (63). The non-Aesopic fable is "Ungrateful Tiger" (298). Fables are given one or two pages each. Each page regularly gets one attractive small illustration. One or two key words on each page are in larger pitch for emphasis by young readers. There is a great deal of poetry in the book, often in the form of six short poems on a two-page spread, often right before a fable. The fables here are FC (12); FG (38); DS (39); BF (54); SS (62); LM (74); FS (76); FWT (128); TH (164); "The Mouse and the Weasel" (206); "The Bat" (234); "How the Bear Lost His Tail" (244); "The Fat Hen" (253); WC (260); "The Swallow and the Crow" (283); CP (320); "The Fox and the Goat" (328); "The Tortoise and the Eagle" (332), and TMCM (348). Four typical illustrations are on 282-283.