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This 6 x 9 booklet has stood the test of time well. Its cover still has a bright pink cameo of a classical scene nicely set in an ornate green background. Inside there are eleven fables presented in attractive, clear print. Three of the longer stories come from Andersen. The Flax follows the career of flax from flower through processing into linen and from there to paper. The Little Match Girl is the very sad story of the freezing death on New Year's Eve of a penniless match seller. Also from Andersen is The Ugly Duckling. Standard Aesopic fables here are AD, BC, TMCM, The Man and the Wood, GA, and Jupiter and the Bee. The Fox and the Cat and The Fox and the Wolf (and the hunter) are attributed to Grimm's Fairy Tales. It is curious that the list of Four Penny Classics on the inside back cover lists this number as Fables and Stories. The booklet was once the property of Morton School in Winchester, Indiana. Published in Illinois, it was read in Indiana, sold in Ohio, delivered in California, and will reside in Nebraska. Not bad for a second-and-third grade reader!
The Orville Brewer Publishing Company