fables and folktales
Dockery, Ruth M
I already have a copy of this book in the collection. I was ready to consign this copy to the Collection of Extras when I noticed the different cataloguing information on the verso of the title-page. This may actually be an earlier edition or printing than that, since it offers Cataloguing in Publication. So I keep it in the collection. As I mention there, this is a verbose approach to fables; almost all the stories are two pages long. I find all the italicized words bothersome; they are the vocables to be boosted. The fables at times seem stretched in the direction of the vocabulary to be covered. The stories are numbered in the T of C but not in the book. There is, strangely, almost no framework help here, like an introduction or commentary. Fables occur in #1-5, 9, 11, 15, 17, 20-39, and 61-72. From #73 on, the young reader is treated to Robin Hood. Differently told: A fly instead of a grasshopper argues with the ants (the traditional story returns on 42). The Lion, the Fox, and the Beasts (73) has the animals coming in alphabetical order. The town mouse whispers to the farm mouse as soon as they enter his very modern house. SW (54-55) is mistold. The golden eggs (58-9) occasion disagreement between the man and his wife. The milkmaid (64-5) asks advice along the road. She later hits her toe on a stone. Long telling seems to help stories like The Hares and the Frogs (68) and The Miser and His Gold (70). Black-and-brown illustrations throughout. The printing and year information is on the binding edge of the last page of print. This copy has an injured back cover.
Webster Division, McGraw-Hill Book Company