My First Book of Fables

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1949?
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I had thought this book was identical internally with the book of the same title published by Collins (1950?). See my comments there. There are actually many differences. This book adds four fables for a total of fourteen. In LM, the mouse does not run over or otherwise disturb the lion. In DLS, the fox in the illustration pulls the lion's skin off by the tail! Also new here are BW and DS. This book has different covers (the same front and back) and endpapers (also identical with each other). Both the covers and the endpapers include illustrations of the horse and the ass and of the eagle and the tortoise. Neither of these stories appears in this book! (No wonder Collins changed the cover and dropped the endpapers.) Similarly, the endpapers show a fox and a lion together, and that fable does not appear here. This book drops the borders around the pages. Many of the illustrations are not well calibrated in the Ripping Yarns copy; they are quite fuzzy. In the much better Dunn copy, the third page of MSA is similarly fuzzy. Since that is one of the few that comes out well in the Ripping Yarns copy, I will keep both in the collection. The Ripping Yarns copy is inscribed at Christmas, 1949.
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The Children's Press
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