Fables and Fun, Vol. 1
Fables and Fun, Vol. 1. Paperbound. Minneapolis: Marketing Ventures. $6.48 from spittinunagecards through eBay, Nov., '13.
Here is one of two volumes in one of three sets. This landscape volume 9" x 8¼" contains fourteen fables with a T of C on the back cover. The following are illustrated: The Tortoise and the Hare; "The Mischievous Dog"; Androcles and the Lion; "Two Frogs"; "The Ape and the Fox"; "The Wolf, Lamb, and Goat"; "The Fox, the Hare, and Jupiter"; The Lion and the Mouse; The Fox without a Tail; The Wolf and the Crane; "Oz and the Herdsman"; and The Fox and the Crow. Oz refers to a great wizard in Oz who replaces what would have been a god in the ancient fable. The herdsman prays to Oz to show who has stolen his calf and then offers a bigger sacrifice in prayer to get away from the lion who stole it. The narrations tend to the colloquial. Several morals are either catchy or unusual. Thus "The Two Frogs" has this short moral: "Easier in than out." "The Ape and the Fox" leads to this moral: "Don't try to borrow. Then you won't be disappointed if you're refused." The Wolf and the Crane admonishes "Do not run silly risks." The book is accompanied by a flexible 33 rpm record containing all fourteen fables. The line drawings would be suitable for crayoning. AL's full-page drawing may be the best of this lot. The two volumes are enclosed in a sleeve. I will leave the records with their volumes. It would be a miracle to find those other two sets!