Die Schönsten Fabeln aus Aller Welt

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Villaret, Waldtraut
Vormstein, Mouche
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1960
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This book works by geography, presenting first German fables, then European, African, Oriental, Persian, Asian, and Indian, in that order. The author is named after his or her individual work. There is an extensive T of C at the beginning. The frequent illustrations by Vormstein include both colored and black-and-white. The illustrations are vigorous! For TMCM, the book turns to Martin Luther, and Vormstein offers a lively interaction of two feminine mice (10). On this reading I tried and enjoyed both text and pictures for Johann, der Seifensieder by Friedrich von Hagedorn (11). It is a fine redoing of La Fontaine's The Banker and the Shoemaker. Prose and verse are both well represented. This is the third time recently that I have encountered Goethe's Die Frösche (30), here with a delightful colored two-page illustration. Among many pleasing illustrations, I am struck by the colored illustration for La Fontaine's The Rat Who Retired from the World (107). Here the rat holds a rosary as he sends the pleading feminine rat off empty-handed. Another strong illustration is FS on 151. Finally, there are two fine illustrations for FM (274-77). This book is a treasure for its range, its selections, and its illustrations. Thank you, André!
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Bertelsmann Reinhard Mohm OHG
Bertelsmann Reinhard Mohn OHG
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