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Dawn Casey/Guarati Bhadra Patel
This is a large, handsome, landscape-formatted book of 32 pages presenting two fables bilingually. It belongs to a series, of which we now have 21. I hope at some flea market some day to get all thirty-three! FC is visually splendid! The size of the book allows Jago to create impressive illustrations like that of the crane unable to slurp up soup as well as three detailed specific views of her attempts. Casey has the crane thank the fox for his kindness politely and add: "Please let me repay you -- come to dinner at my house." The page after the story lists activities: writing, art, "maths," storytelling, and music. The second story here is "King of the Forest," and it is labelled a Chinese fable. Tiger comes upon fox and frightens him. In desperation, fox claims that he is king of the forest. Tiger roars with laughter. Fox answers that he will show tiger. "This I've got to see," tiger says. Fox gets tiger to walk behind him. Of course, every animal upon whom these two come runs away in respect. Tiger is fooled and pays his respects to the king of the forest. Fox bids him be gone and then, on the way home, has a good laugh over the whole ploy. This story is also strongly illustrated. This copy originally belonged to the public library in Schaumburg, IL The title-page seems to have been lost in binding the library copy.
Mantra Lingua Ltd