Les Fables de La Fontaine
La Fontaine, Jean de
This book of forty-one fables emphasizes cuteness and childlike fun. The characters all have round little eyes with black beads inside them. The dress of animals receives particular attention. One can spend a long time enjoying the stuff around in a picture, e.g., the junk in the cellar on 46. There is also an unusual interest in light slanting through windows (apparently correct on 54 but less apt on 46 and 58). The cute factor comes in, e.g., when ant-children make a snow-ant (22-23). The best of the illustrations have the fox holding his backside on 39 and the stork enjoying its nest on 86. I am surprised by the relative positions of the turtle and geese on 53 and of the cat and monkey on 62.