The North Wind and the Sun

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Adler, Sigal
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2017
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This booklet is about 8¾" square. Its 52 pages are unpaginated. It is copyrighted by Sigal Adler and seems personally published. Rhyming quatrains on each left-hand page respond to full-page colored illustrations on right-hand pages. The North Wind rides a propeller driven bicycle through the sky. This highly developed version of the fable begins with the sun telling the North Wind to leave. The wager here seems at first to be about which is the stronger. The bet is presented then in the poorer form: "Whoever makes that man undress / Will be the winner – nothing less!" How does the wind think of making him undress? As these lines suggest to me at least, the need to rhyme burdens the verse. "Which one would have the better chance / To make the man remove his pants?" Pants?! That is new in this version! In the midst of the North Wind's rage, the man pulls out a vest. Then he puts on a scarf. Then the man finds a "jacket, hidden from sight." What is this contest about? After the sun has time to shine, "he pulled off his clothes, leaving only … him!" Moral? "By sharing a sweet and loving fire / We can earn our heart's desire."
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