The Horse, Hunter & the Stag & Other Stories
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There are four fables in this 16-page, large-format (almost 8┬¢" x 11") booklet. "Mercury and the Woodcutter" underscores the stupidity of the greedy man, who immediately takes the golden axe. "The Horse, Hunter & the Stag" has a great final picture of both the horse's and the rider's faces as the man announces that from now on the horse will serve him (8). "The King's Son and the Painted Lion" features a king who wears his crown to bed! The artist has the painted lion glaring so menacingly that I would have struck him too (10, 11)! In this version, the son reaches out to a thorn tree to break a twig with which to beat the lion. There are simpler approaches, I believe, to this part of the story. LM closes out the four fables. Simple, lively illustrations. The starring characters are well presented on the booklet's cover.
Pegasus B. Jain