The Ant and the Pigeon

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Cook-Horujy, Kathleen
Tolstoy, Leo
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1988
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A wonderful little book with 105 excellent versions and lively color paintings. A helpful introduction notes that Tolstoy's translations of Aesop are in various forms, usually without morals. The versions are concise and pointed. Particularly well told fables: 70 and 148. The best illustrations are on 76 and 114. Tolstoy often successfully substitutes one animal for another traditional one (e.g., 74, 123, 144, 155, and 158). Two stories which I had earlier thought non-Aesopic, at 38 and 136, are re-worked episodes from his life: on drinking the sea and finding a real person. A beautiful little find!
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Raduga Publishers
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