Mice, Morals, & Monkey Business: Lively Lessons From Aesop's Fables
. Running Press . Philadelphia and London
PZ8.2.W776Mic 2005 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book replicates another in the collection except for two changes. First, the printing of the front cover's picture is different. The background now is variegated mixing cream and gray. The same colors were there in the other copy, but have a clear border and are not mixed. This copy also removes the large advertising seal on the back cover of the book, complete with a Wormell illustration. As I wrote on the first copy, this is a bold, impressive book with very strong and simple wood engravings. Fables are not told. Instead, each fable gets a two-page spread. On one page is a moral and a title, e.g.: "Necessity is the mother of invention. The Crow and the Pitcher." Facing it is a strong, simple illustration, here of a crow ready to drop a pebble into a pitcher. After about twenty-two such spreads, the stories are told, two to a page, with a much smaller rendition of the single illustration for that fable. Particularly strong among the illustrations are DS; WSC; "The Flies and the Honey Pot"; "The Dolphins, the Whales, and the Sprat"; and FG. This is a beautiful book!