Fables and Fun, Vol. 2
Fables and Fun, Vol. 2. Paperbound. Minneapolis: Marketing Ventures. $6.47 from spittinunagecards through eBay, Nov., '13.
Here is one of two volumes in one of three sets. This landscape volume 9" x 8¼" has the same cover picture featuring a monkey, a lion, a mouse, and a boy removing a thorn. The pamphlet contains nineteen fables with a T of C on the back cover. The following are illustrated: "The Eagle and the Arrow"; The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing; The Fox and the Lion"; The Two Pots; "The Old Hound"; "The Viper and the File"; The Dog and the Shadow; "The Snake and the Crab"; "The Monkey and the Camel"; and "The Fowler and the Ringdove." The narrations tend to the colloquial. Several morals are either catchy or unusual. Thus The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing moralizes "The advantage gained by lying only lasts until the truth is found out." The Dog and the Shadow has this rather strange moral: "All that glitters is not meat in the water." "The Monkey and the Camel" is followed by "Wanting applause and winning it are two different things." "The Fowler and the Ringdove" is particularly pithy: "If you make trouble you will get into trouble." The book is accompanied by a flexible 33 rpm record containing all nineteen fables. The line drawings would be suitable for crayoning. The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing and The Dog and the Shadow have full-page drawings that 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!