Animal Fairy Stories: More Than 100 Enchanting Tales
©Artia, Prague 1982. A wonderful book with many fables and other stories. The T of C at the beginning gives categories for the stories by author and geography. There are three main groups of fables: ten identified as by Aesop, nine as by La Fontaine, and twelve as from Bidpai. I find other fables in groups like American Negro (e.g., The Cock and the Fox on 111); Arabian (e.g., The Jackal and His Gratitude on 64, The Jackal, the Hyena and the Well on 138, and The Lion, the Mosquito and the Spider on 166); and African (e.g., The Lion and the Three Bulls on 156). The book gives a curious title to The Fox and the Lion Cub (44), since this is an old lion! New to me is the Bidpai fable The Monkey Who Was Too Clever (46). The turtle proves to him how much worse a lie is than a wound by hanging roast meat from a tree and alerting the monkey to it. This version substitutes a jackal for a rabbit in The Lion and the Jackal (91), the story about the competitor in the well. New to me is the fable labeled as Aesopic How the Cat and the Mouse Danced Together (150). Also represented are Algeria, Australia, China, Czechoslovakia, England, Europe, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Persia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Siberia, Slovenia, and Spain. The art is what I have come to expect from Artia: detailed, pleasant, colorful but seldom highly insightful.
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