Les Fables de La Fontaine Filtrées

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La Fontaine, Jean de
Scholl, Aurélien
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1886
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Here is a worthy member of this collection! Twenty-two of La Fontaine's fables are filtered into modern times. Each is accompanied by a serious black-and-white illustration protected by a slipsheet. In the first of the fables, the crow from FC answers the fox that he has already learned the lesson from losing an earlier cheese. In CA, the worm turns. The grasshopper does dance, so successfully that she becomes rich, while the ants' nest is flooded. The ant asks the passing grasshopper for a gift. What did you do when you were rich? I gathered and hoarded. How charming. Die now! The banker gives Grégoire the shoemaker 100 ecus. With it Grégoire buys a machine that turns out shoes by the hundreds. Discounts mean more customers. Now he has hired a hundred cobblers, and they are all singing. The result for the financier? He moves! The thief breaks into the house where a man is disappointed at his wife's coldness. Come into my arms and I will protect you. She escapes and runs off with the thief! This illustration is particularly well done. The farmer's daughter falls in love with the declawed and toothless lion. Bodemann's correct. The illustrations present a picture of modish life in late nineteenth-century Paris. They are a serious contribution to the La Fontaine tradition. I am glad that this book made it into Bodemann. It deserves it!
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