Classic Animal Tales
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Among the six stories in this book are TMCM, GA, and AL. The other stories are Brer Rabbit Outfoxes Brer Fox, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, and The Cat That Walked by Himself. The tellings are lively and traditional. Full-page colored illustrations occur about every other page. Among the best illustrations here are those showing Alistair, the city mouse, pulling the pillow over his ears in the early country morning. In GA, the grasshopper seems more interested in sleeping than in singing. He also steals food from the ants in summer. The ants promptly let the grasshopper in during the first snowfall, but they require that he work. His work is to sing for the ants, since winter is their time to play. The grasshopper's song the next summer is Summer work is slow and steady. But when winter comes, I'll be ready! The Brer Rabbit story includes the key lines of Brer Rabbit--Please throw me into the briar patch--and of Brer Fox--Come with me and I will carry you. The picture of the proud, prancing cat at the end of the last tale (87) tells the whole story. Even when a cat is domesticated, it does what it wants to do!
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