Selección Dorada II Fábulas
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Here is an oversized (11 x 15) and unusually heavy book offering five vividly illustrated fables. The Lion and the Mosquito has an unusual early phase. Though he comes from an insect colony where mosquitoes seem to have fun surfing water on leaves, this mosquito has bothered a number of different animals, who come to the lion king for help. There seems little emphasis here on the fight between the mosquito and the lion. There is strong emphasis on the mosquito's paying for his arrogance towards others. Does he get free from the web? The Tortoise and the Eagle similarly softens its ending, since its last page shows the tortoise -- a female with a flower in her hair and eyeglasses -- floating on her shell and enjoying herself in a pond. These two fables are marked as coming from Aesop. The third fable, Union in the Forest, is attributed to Samaniego. A young elephant steps into a trap using a metal clamp. The hare, the bear, and the wolf try to help but cannot. A squirrel recommends a kind of tug of war pulling apart the two sides of the clamps through a common effort. Not a bad idea! TMCM is attributed to Aesop. Apparently, the city meal here is so good that the two mice take a siesta, interrupted by the cat! The final fable is The Bee and the Dove, a variation of the more familiar AD. Here the dove seems to fish the bee out of the water with a small branch held in its beak; the more traditional version is that the dove throws a leaf down as a rescue float for the drowning insect. Not a hunter but some fierce animal attacks the dove, and the bee saves her by stinging its nose. The pictures are dramatic throughout, not least because of their size! Now I need to find the first volume of this pair!