Die Sch├Ânsten Tierfabeln f├╝r Kinder
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Fabeln nacherz├ñhlt von Karla S. Sommer
Here are 33 fables with cute illustrations for children. I find the illustrations thoughtful. They are all partial-page, well integrated with the text. Appropriately for Germany, the dog in DS steals a sausage and swims underwater to try to find it (7). The turtle at the end of "The Turtle and the Eagle" wears a bandage on his head (11). The stork in FS has five steep glasses set up for the second meal (15). The aphoristic moral to LS is "Trau, schau, wem!" (29). A sausage is again the source of conflict which the monkey settles for the dog and fox (42). Author and artist work together to develop "Die kleine Maus auf grosser Reise" (86-89), with a final image well repeated at the end of the book. They also collaborate to bring a happy ending to GA: the grasshopper dances for the hospitable ant, so that the long time to wait for summer seems shorter for both (91). The fables are traditional Aesopic material. The one exception comes from the Panchatantra, "The Lion and the Hare" (114-19). Last of all comes a two-page history of fables (126-27).
Schwager & Steinlein Verlag