Von grossen und kleinen Tieren: Lustig-listige Fabeln
This is an almost-square book almost 8 x 8¼. There are eighteen stories on 77 pages. Many of the stories seem to me derivative or at least close to traditional fables, like Die Spitzmaus und der Wolf (5), which uses some of the basic dynamics of LM. Similarly in the following fable, the huge coconut ridicules the walnut, as the oak does the reed in the Aesopic fable, but the walnut finds a way to to get planted instead of getting eaten. When a giant threatens a village, two ladybugs overwhelm him (11). The haughty giraffe destroys the hills of the mole; the clever mole digs them deeper, and soon the giraffe is limping (20). The kids love the Ice Queen so much that they carry her in parade. Unfortunately for her, they lick her into non-existence (24)! A gluttonous pig dies long before a reflective and disciplined hamster. The king is brought around to end up on his knees before a Putzfrau. A morning glory climbs up on a hollyhock and thus proves itself superior. Perhaps the weirdest story is that of the temporary experiment with the Kreuzkrokodil or Kreukodil, which--for its short existence--consisted in the crossing of two crocodiles into one X-like character (52). I am not as enthusiastic as the flyleaf about the Lebensphilosophie incorporated in these fables, but I do agree that they have to do with reversing power roles. The playful, slightly weird illustrations are worked into and around the texts. They sometimes involve two colors. Sometimes illustrations from two adjoining stories are worked into each other (e.g. 43).