Timeless Tales: Fables
This is an elementary booklet containing sixteen fables, with strong woodcuts and a proverbial moral under the woodcut. Other than a short introduction, there is nothing here but these fables and their illustrations. The book is at its best when it formulates the morals of fables. Moral of CP: When you have a problem, use your head (11). For FG: Finding fault with what you can't have is only pretending that you never wanted it (18). The Fox and the Goat gets as its moral Look before you leap (20). The cover illustration (FS) is perhaps the strongest (also on 22). The monkey jumps onto a fish's back, not a dolphin's (26); the monkey from the big city simply lies that he knows the king, and there is no wordplay about whom he knows. In The Three Bulls and the Lion the bulls fight over grass on their own, and, angered, retreat to three different corners of the field. At the end of BW, the boy was never seen again (33). BC has an apt moral: Talking is one thing; doing is something else (41).
New Readers Press