Mini Treasure Chest of Great Fairy Tales II Book 5
Cataloguing one book in this series a week ago led me to search out whether the whole series was available. I found a great offer, and now I have a set complete with its envelope-like container. This fifth volume in the second series features "The Tin Soldier"; "The Lion Goes to War"; "The Adventures of Tom Thumb"; and "The Horse and the Donkey." "The Lion Goes to War" does a good job of making the lion a sympathetic leader. He assigns expected roles to such as elephant, fox, and monkey. One illustration serves as background across two pages for the text of this fable. The telling of "The Horse and the Donkey" has surprises. One is that the horse carries a load himself, though smaller than that of the donkey. When the donkey dies, the owner says "Poor thing! His load must have been too heavy." Though all of the donkey's load is then put onto the horse, there is no mention of the horse also having to carry the donkey. The front cover's picture shows the tin soldier encountering a rodent. The book includes no bibliographical data. Apparently one consults Book 1 of a series for that information.