Animal Tales 3
Wielligh, G.R. von
. Protea Book House . Pretoria
GR705.V66 2012 v. 3 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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"Here are spicy stories from South Africa. I have read the first half dozen. Though they are told with fine literary flair, these stories use -- and sometimes combine -- basic fable tropes. Thus the first story is about getting into the sheepfold but not being able to get out. The second is about duping a predator by getting the wrong things down his gullet. The third uses several motifs but among them is a right-before-death plea to one animal holding another: "Please put your paws together and say grace before the meal I am." The fifth is a race between baboon and tortoise. Tortoise plants look-alike tortoises at a number of spots along the path. The art is as creative as the stories. I immediately ordered the other three books in the series. I learned on Amazon that the crazy-shaped chip out of the cover is not a quirk of just this copy. How nice to run into people who do things a bit differently!"