Hall, James A
Twenty fables with alternating black-and-white (xerox?) and color illustrations. The latter have charm but sometimes lack definition. The best are of GB (7), the mice in council (19), and TMCM (34). Several stories are told differently: the gnat believes he is too heavy and leaves with no word from the bull (7); the lion claims that he is strongest, bravest, fiercest, and in charge and so takes all four portions (15); he omits the element of challenge usually present in the fourth element. The fox opines that high air is bad for grapes (16). The milkmaid snaps her fingers, stamps her foot, and then tosses her head, using the formulaic just like that for each. The cat's approach changes the mice's toast at the city banquet (34). The Lion and the Hares (39) is a new fable to me. A sleeper. This book also comes with a record as part of a set.