Book of 101 Fables: Quick Reference Guide
Young, Johnny C
Here is a curious little paperback book offering just what the title says. The fables are arranged alphabetically, with a full-page black-and-white illustration (albeit crude) for each. There is a moral lesson for each and a comment besides for a few. There is a T of C at the front and an index of lessons and qualities at the back. I find eight new fables (#1, 14, 16, 29, 44, 46, 68, 81) and another four that are Aesopic fables transformed (#21, 23, 41, 100). There are some delightful surprises here. Thus OF (119) is wonderfully adapted to use a water buffalo, who only frightens the young frog so that he runs home to his father. The merchant wishes that Hercules, the strongest man on earth, were there to help, and Hercules happens to be in a shop nearby (142)! The woodman here lies to the hunter that there is a lion coming at him (153). The wind not only blows out the light; it also knocks the oil-lamp off of the table (165)! A Mouse Wedding (221) is listed as from Aesop. In WL (302), the lamb is saved! This book brought me back to Perry 132 (here on 150). I note that this fable appears in English only in V.S. Vernon Jones, as far as I can trace it now. The book has quite a few typographical and grammatical errors. Examples include the first line of 255, the title on 275, and the fourth-to-last line of 275. The bottom of 290 is riddled with errors.