The Farmer and His Sons and The Ass in the Lion's Skin
This volume belongs to a set of eight large 8½ x 9½ pamphlets illustrated by Biro, most containing one longer and one shorter story. Each page contains a head-line which repeats above the illustration part of what will be written just below it on the same page. Apparently this method is meant to offer help to the intended audience of first readers, mentioned on the back cover. Biro's style remains engaging. The characters in the first story are Italian or German, to judge by their dress and accessories. The lazy sons lounge around in the shade of a tree. After their father's death and their energetic digging up of the vineyard, they are back to lying around under the old tree…until the harvest surprises them by its quality and abundance! In DLS, the lion-skin falls off the ass as he romps about, and he does not even notice the loss. Biro has a great line near the end of the story: Without his lion's skin he had no lion's courage.
Award Publications Limited