A Word to the Wise and Other Proverbs

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Hurwitz, Johanna
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1996
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Who is to say how many of these proverbs relate to a fable? The clearest case for me is well illustrated in the breathtaking panorama of the endpapers, as a milkmaid beside a spilled pail has her arms straight up in the air. The legend around the picture includes both "Don't count your chickens before they hatch" and "Don't cry over spilt milk." Curiously enough, the illustration inside the book for these two proverbs together has a cook in a kitchen standing over a dropped birthday cake left over from the facing page. Rayevsky is again masterful in finding and exploring the funny parts of a scene. The afterword offers a well-deserved comment that different proverbs regularly contradict each other. It offers five such pairs of contradictions. Ben Franklin is on the cover and in the preface.
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Morrow Junior Books
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