The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse and other Aesop's Fables
Compiled by Vic Parker
Here is a 2015 hardbound version of the 2013 paperback booklet listed with the other nine among "Miles Kelly Aesop's Fables." Now the publisher is Gareth Stevens. All ten of the booklets are pictured on the back cover. Not only the publisher but the publishing is now in the USA. I wonder why Amazon's price is so high. Fifteen fables on 40 large-format pages. As I wrote there, this is the first of this series of books to feature a story without illustration: "The Boy and the Nettle" (12). Perhaps the best illustration in this volume is that for "Jupiter and the Monkey" (22). I believe that this is the first time that I have seen mosquitoes in this fable usually about leeches or bloodsuckers: "The Fox and the Mosquitoes" (13). The word "storys" (32) has been corrected to the American "stories." The text is taken over largely from the classic version by Joseph Jacobs. It would be fascinating to know how much of that borrowing Parker has done for his versions. The pages still contain little characters around the edges. Throughout this volume, the frame including these animals is the same. Here there are caged birds on top and, along the bottom, a lobster, starfish, spiral shell, nautilus and peacock.
Gareth Stevens Publishing