One by One: A Child's Book of Tales and Fables, With Fifty Illustrations
. George Routledge and Sons . London/NY
PN6110.C4D852 1880 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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"This book is identical with another in the collection except that this cover is green cloth embossed with gold, while that book has a red cloth cover embossed with gold. Let me repeat what I wrote there. Here are fifty-four stories including some of the most didactic and saccharine I have seen in a while! These stories are well calculated to make little children into obedient little parent-lovers with all the other virtues. I have read the first ten and find them strong on conscience and obedience. The first story gives a clue. Lina's bird dies and she cries hard--and even harder when mother buys her a new bird. Lina ate the sugar meant for the bird. Mother does not smile, for she reverences the "holy voice of conscience in the heart of the child" (2). Then mother says "Ah, such must be the feelings of an ungrateful child at the grave of its parents." Take that, all you ungrateful children! I found one story in the ten that belongs in a good fable collection. "The Falcon and the Hen" is a typical fable-argument (16). The falcon chides the hen for running away every time humans come near. The hen answers that the falcon has never seen a falcon on a roasting-spit, whereas the hen has seen fowls cooked with every kind of sauce. A straight telling of DW is on 110, and a good version of "The Unjust Judge" on 111. The book includes a straight version of "Aesop Playing" (68) and a story, new to me, of Aesop beaten and thrust out into the desert (113). Expected to take his life, he tells instead the story of "Death and the Woodcutter." The story carries on praising Aesop's contentment even through the death process in Delphi. There may be more good material here; I just cannot bear to search it out! The illustrations are as sentimental as most of the texts. This book has beautiful gold-embossed covers."