Fables: Jean de La Fontaine

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La Fontaine, Jean de
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2011
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Thirteen fables of La Fontaine are presented here in a pleasing style in a book about 6¼ x 7. The fable text takes one page or, in two cases, two. The single text pages are all left-hand pages. The right-hand page then presents a full-page colored illustration. I am surprised at FC, which is also on the cover. Do we not need a crow in a tree to make this fable work? In the illustration for The Lion Going to War, Susini cleverly hides the courier rabbit, just as the other animals overlook him (7). The illustration for GA (11) is surprisingly wistful and contemplative. The milkmaid on 19 is losing not only her pail of milk, shown here in mid fall, but some of her eggs besides. FG (21) is cleverly shown from above. The frog in OF has an overblown belly and chest that is wonderfully comic (31).
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Hachette Livre/Gautier-Languereau
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