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I thought that I recognized this little spiral-bound book of thoughts and poems. It turns out that it is uniform in format with Springs of Animal Wisdom, published by Marcel Schurman Company in 1986. While the selection of authors for the two language groups is somewhat different, the people responsible for choice of texts and for layout of the book are the same, as is the place of printing. That English book included two reflections developed from LaFontaine: OF and DS. I find at least four fable references here in the German book. A piece from Goethe speaks of the frogs' dream in winter under the surface of frozen ponds: they will sing like nightingales. Spring comes, the frogs emerge -- and croak as they always have. Lark asks cuckoo Why are not well travelled storks smarter than we? They are meant to prove to us that lots of travel does not make stupid people smarter (von Hagedorn). Baboon asks some kind of pig (Maskenschwein) How can someone be so ugly? Stork looks at him and says Someone can! (Presberg). Toad crawls wheezing to the moles' heap, looks around thoughtfully, swells with pride, and says My, how huge the broad world is! (Seidel). I see now that this last story was also in the English edition! The art work is pleasant and imaginative. Many of the illustrations and some of the texts are identical. The illustration on the cover of each book shows up inside the other book. Aesop reaches into a lot of places!
Verlag Leobuchhandlung St. Gallen