Fableland (Cover: Fable Land)

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Morant, William
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1898
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There are fifty lively little original tales in this book. Though they are embellished and sometimes slightly fantastic, they are fables--and often good fables. I have read the first eight. Geese mistake a balloon for an egg laid by the moon. A pelican wins a disputed brass ring but clamps it too tightly around his own beak. Wine, cork, and bottle get into a dispute, explode, and lose anything they had together. A beaver in late fall trades his kidney beans to rats for sapphires and rubies, but then has nothing to eat. A boasting tortoise has to make good on his boast that he is fireproof by entering a volcano; he gets baked immediately. Turkey and goose both claim that humans hold them in the higher esteem and that Christmas is a feast in their respective honor; Mr. Wolf-in-Sheep's-Clothing offers to give them a judgment if they visit him the next day. His judgment as he eats them: Some like turkey, others like goose. But as for myself--I like both. Finally, a young and an older horse dispute over whether they should take revenge on humans for their neglect. The latter recommends cheerfulness instead. A curious feature of this book is that the same decorative pattern of the blue cloth covers and spine is repeated on the page-edges on all sides. There are four plates by McEvoy, listed at the front after the T of C.
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T. Fisher Unwin
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