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"Here is a large-format stapled pamphlet of 24 pages that spent too long in a musty basement. It presents some heavy handed themes for little readers? TH is pictured in flowerchild fashion on the cover, with bugs and mushrooms, butterflies and birds in evidence. Both characters are dressed and even overdressed. The fables presented here are "El burrito y los libros"; "El gato y el ratón"; TH; and "Las gallinas gordas y las flacas." The first story is new to me but a highly contrived "fable." A young donkey who likes to skip school thinks he can eat the books instead of the tedious job of reading them. He gets in front of class and can only bray. They mock him and throw him out and he learns to get studious and to attend school. In "El gato y el ratón" a young mouse succumbs to the cat's trap of offering cheese and nuts, but his mother rescues him. He learns to pay attention to his parents' directions. In TH, the hare stops by a friend's house to chat, eat a meal, and take a nap. In the last story, the fat chickens make fun of the skinny ones -- until the day that the farmer needs some chickens for a big meal. Each six-page story starts on a right-hand page and ends on a left-hand page. That arrangement makes for one nice two-page spread in the middle of each story, but all the other pictures clash at the center of the open book. A good deal goes on in each picture. So I notice the pig having fun in mud while the fat chickens ridicule the skinny ones."