The Milkmaid & her Pail & Other Stories
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There are four fables in this 16-page, large-format (almost 8┬¢" x 11") booklet. MM features about the youngest girl -- "Anne" -- I have seen for this role. Her ruminations include "Poor Polly Shaw! Won't she be jealous?" After she loses the milk, her mother advises her not to count her chickens before they are hatched. BW includes two rounds of trickery. The wolf then appears a few hours after the second episode. The boy, who sits on a high limb of a tree, loses all his sheep. WSC includes a twist I had never seen before: this sheepskin had belonged to the mother of a sheep, and so that sheep follows the wolf as the flock heads home. There is no "retribution" phase in this telling. The wolf simply eats the lamb he has led away from the flock. This is not the Aesopic fable! "The Woodcutter and the Serpent" includes a serpent who is "about to die due to the cold" (13). The woodcutter places it by the fireplace at home. As it comes to, the woodcutter's son tries to stroke it. The woodcutter intervenes and kills the serpent. Simple, lively illustrations. The principal characters are on the cover. Wolf and lamb occur in two different fables here.
Pegasus B. Jain