De Mooiste Sprookjes en Verhalen: De Fabels van Aesopus
Here is the Dutch version of "Aesop's Fables" published by Brown Watson in 1999. Except for the translations of the texts, the book seems identical. As I wrote there, this is a large-format book of thirty fables occurring two to each pair of pages. Often one smaller fable is presented in a box inserted into the two-page illustration for a larger fable. The illustrations are colorful, splashy, dramatic, and up-to-date. Among my favorites in a book I am coming to like a great deal are both the stuck wagon and the old woman on 6-7; BW on 12; the cat dressed up as a nurse on 14; CW on 25; and the old woman overseeing her early-rising maids on 31. Ludlow shows a good gift for realism in depicting human beings. A panther is the attacker who interrupts the stag at the pool (18). The chase in CW is wisely set in the garden rather than in the bedroom (25). "Mooiste" seems to mean "prettiest."