Old Tales for New Readers: Aesop Fables

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Aesop
Johnson, Mary
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1981
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Twenty-five fables are told in a lively, colloquial style, with a crossword puzzle facing each fable text. The booklet seems to be meant for helping people to learn English; besides the T of C and the texts with their puzzles, there is only a final page of practice words. BC (5) is unusually specific, and the change is welcome. The other mice ask the proponent But are YOU willing to put the bell on the cat? I am surprised at the end of The Man and the Snake (9), when the man says that this is the last time that he will trust the snake. In almost all other versions, the statement is all too true, since the man is dying right now from the snake's venom! In TH, the hare not only naps but takes a swim (25). The two wives pull out the man's respective black and gray hairs in his sleep (35)! The vine speaks with the doe and watches sadly when she is carried away (37).
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