Troll Treasury of Animal Stories
Miles, John C
Fifteen fables among forty-five stories, each two pages long with lively illustrations. The fables show some surprises and soft endings. The eagle drops the turtle and then catches him. The dog returns to the butcher shop and learns to be happy with what he gets. The crow paints himself as gray as a pigeon. The hare offers a race to any comer. The ant serves a nice meal to the grasshopper. The town mouse is male, the country mouse female. The traveller suffers a sprained ankle before the bear appears. There is wit here: a crocodile wanting to brush his teeth dreams of peppermint toothpaste!