Treasury of Best-Loved Children's Stories (Cover: Best-Loved Children's Stories )

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Individual Stories Catherine McCafferty, Lisa Harkrader, Megan Musgrave, and Sarah Toast
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1999
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I found this book during some Holy Week wandering around Omaha. I find four stories of the nineteen here that are fables. All four of them come from a similar publication from the same publisher a year earlier and a year later, both titled "Classic Animal Tales." Those four are GA (5), TMCM (65), "A Brer Rabbit Story" (185), and AL (205). The tellings here as there 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."
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Publications International Ltd.
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