Fables for Children, Stories for Children, Natural Science Stories, Popular Education, Decembrists, Moral Tales
Wiener, Leo (editor,) (translator)
This book is exactly equivalent in texts and pagination to the second half of the Illustrated Sterling Edition of the same year by the same publisher. That is, it does not include the last portion of Anna Karenin that is present there. Thus, as there, we find here Aesop's Fables on 3, Adaptations and Imitations of Hindoo Fables on 19, and Stories for Children on 39. Among the forty-five texts in Aesop's Fables there is only one surprise. A polecat substitutes for a snake in licking his own blood from a file (3). Among the thirty-two fables of the Hindoo section, the snake's head and tail separate, and the tail immediately falls into a hole and is lost (19). Many of these are new to me--and good! Enjoy these stories for starters: the thread so fine that it cannot be seen (19); the servant who when shopping has to take a bite out of each pear to know if they are all good (22); the hen who does not know how to raise her chicks and so asks them to go back into their shells (34); and the goat who sees the cow being rewarded for standing still during milking and so stands still the next day when he is supposed to move (36). Among the Stories for Children one finds The Peasant and the Cucumbers (40) but no others that might qualify as fables. The three illustrations listed just after the T of C are concerned with other literature than the fables.
Dana Estes & Company, Publishers