The King of the Birds

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Ward, Helen
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1997
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I have enjoyed several fable books by Helen Ward, and this earlier creation certainly fits the pattern. Though the story is identified only as adapted from a traditional tale, it is Aesop's old story of the wren who bests the eagle by flying higher than the eagle does in a test of supremacy (Perry #434). Of course, the wren does it by flying hidden in the eagle's back until the eagle reaches his zenith. Ward's particular contributions to this tale are, I believe, two. First, she develops the fable nicely, for example listing opinions until there were as many answers as there were birds. Secondly, she has a section at the back in which she identifies each of the many species of birds depicted in the illustrations. This is another classy product from Ward!
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Fenn Publishing Company: Templar Books
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