Fables by Gilbert
This is a pleasing set of 30 rhymed fables on some 52 pages. Though they are original, they play off of traditional fable themes. Thus in the first two fables a lion makes fun of a mocking bird but promptly needs her help to remove a thorn. She then gets so proud that she does not see through the flattery of a snake. For me one of the most interesting fables gives the negative comments of parishioners against the title-character in The Preacher Rat (17). He resigns. Also striking is The Family Man and the Turkey Buzzard (19). The latter has for a defense the spewing up of rotten carrion! For something different, try The Cobbler and the Elephant (22). Another unusual fable is The Bull-Dog and the Man's Family (38). There is a last bit of fable fun in The Rabbit and the Wolf (49). Among many such attempts at fables, Gilbert deserves credit for creating true fables. The two illustrations (frontispiece and 6) are indifferent. Green textured boards with gilt lettering. Unfortunately, the book has the odor of being too long in a used-book store!
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