Aesop's Fox

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Sogabe, Aki
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1999
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Each picture in this book was made from paper, cut freehand. The color was applied using airbrush or watercolor. The color combinations are very pleasing and restful. The fox starts out in search of breakfast, and with the rooster on the fencepost we are off into the Chanticleer story. As the hungry fox walks away from his loss he says to himself Think before you speak. He soon meets the boar sharpening his tusks against on a tree. After their conversation, the fox comes to a vineyard. Boar watches the fox's unsuccessful efforts to get the grapes and says We often pretend to dislike what we can't have. By now it is lunchtime, and the fox sees the crow sitting on a branch with a piece of cheese in her beak. Since he now needs a drink, he heads for the river, where he meets leopard admiring his own beautiful fur. Fox then remembers that he needs to visit the sick old lion. (The leopard had just mentioned that he would take over when his cousin the lion dies.) Rabbit and deer come running by, and the fox soon discovers why when he finds donkey in a lion's skin--but he can see his ears and he recognizes his bray. By now it is late and fox is hungry again. He crawls into a tree-hole where he has found a woodcutter's lunch of bread and fruit, which he now devours. Trapped in the hole, he consoles himself by saying Time fixes everything. He then sleeps soundly, as do the other characters we have met with him. A good sweep of fox fables well integrated in a single story. The best of the illustrations may be the first two, and the editor is wise to put the second one on the cover and dust-jacket.
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Browndeer Press: Harcourt Brace & Company
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