A Treasury of Five-Minute Stories
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I have encountered both Fiona Waters and John Lawrence previously, and I have enjoyed the work of both. Here some three texts will call out to fable readers. TMCM (22) is told by Waters herself. The telling is dramatic and well crafted, fleshed out with plenty of detail. Lawrence offers five good illustrations for this fable. "Soup Stone" (65) offers a version of the story in which the proprietor of the stone approaches just one woman. In the end, he gives her the stone and starts all over after that. "Brer Rabbit to the Rescue" (106) offers the story in which Brer Rabbit frees Brer Turtle from Brer Fox's bag and replaces the turtle with hornets for the unsuspecting fox. Well done!