Feraudy Espino, Heriberto
There are twenty-two original stories, each with a full-page line drawing, following a short introduction. The stories are, according to the burb on the back cover, as lovely as the classic stories of Aesop and La Fontaine, but different in that they come from the marvelous country of Cuba. I tried one story on for size and found it good. It seems to me to use a traditional motif. In El Conejo y el León (101-4), the rabbit comes by each day after the lion does something to construct his house. For example, after the lion collects all the building materials, the rabbit makes the walls. After several days, the rabbit and his wife move into the house. They begin deceiving the lion, for example, by creating a scene with a crying child rabbit about having eaten lion liver. Afraid, the lion goes to the monkey for advice. The monkey tries to reassure him and offers to go and see who is living in the lion's new home. He returns to say that it is only rabbits. The monkey offers to tie his tail to the lion's and they will go together to see the harmless creatures who inhabit his home. The same trick works again, and both lion and monkey flee. Intelligence can outwit force.
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