Fábulas de Esopo
Alphen, Jean-Claude R
Loide Nascimento de Souza recently submitted her dissertation on the presence of fable in Monteiro Lobato's books at the State University of Sao Paolo. She had written to me asking if I could obtain for her a copy of Perry's important essay on fable. I did, and she has thanked me with this lovely gift! Ruth Rocha, she tells me, is one of the heirs of Monteiro Lobato and among the prominent authors of children's literature in Brazil. This is a lovely and lively paperback volume of some 48 pages. The major illustrations here are full-page dramatic presentations. Besides the full-page illustrations, there are clever designs added to many of the text pages. In the first full-page illustration, the fox shows to the rooster up on a perch a Decreto about the supposed universal peace. FG (10) shows the frustration of the fox as his paws scratch in the air near the grapes. DS (17) does an unusually good job of mirroring the dog by using a color contrast of blue and brown. One illustration after another is a delight! The grasshopper is huge by comparison with the ant (33). We see the oak suspended in mid air while the reed bends (38); the little design shows the reed's hat blowing off. A delightful book!