Als die Tiere Noch Sprechen Konnten
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Franko, Ivan Ja
Close in its selection of stories to my When the Animals Could Talk: Fables (1984). This edition adds Murko und Burko (the outwitting cat is outwitted by the victim dog, 67) and Wie eine Meise das Meer in Brand Stecken Wollte (the insect, who lost his nest on the shore to the ocean, finally gets to the creature who could supply avenging fire, but what it gets from this eagle is rather a lecture on where it ought to build its nest, 81). Clever illustrations (not by Kryha from 1984) here nicely frame the text, complemented by frequent full-page illustrations of several colors. The best of these may show the wolf getting into the sack a second time to show the fox how it happened (15) and the blue fox (77). New stories do not start a new page. Many stories have several phases; individual phases employ standard folk themes. Drei Säcke List (64) is the story of a wonderful turn-around. Der Blaugestrickene Fuchs (71) yelps with the foxes at his anniversary party. I include in a separate listing a 1982 printing of the same book. Both copies show a copyright of 1976 for the illustrations and of 1979 for the translation.