Tales & Fables

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Torre, Vincent
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This is one of three Torre books identical in format that I was able to get in a group from Scottsbooks. Might it mean that I now have all of Torre's fable books? Like the other Torre books I have found, it is a beautifully produced book, set by hand and bound by hand. This book has twenty-three offerings on 118 pages. Each of the stories has an accompanying full-page silkscreen, and these seem to me to be again the strength of the book. Most of these verse stories are done in ababcc rhymes. The first is a surprising story of a stork who counsels an innocent young frog to take refuge in the stork's bill but then has conscience pangs and lets him free. One of my prizes goes to The Peacock & the Penguin (25) for the clever repartee, the good silkscreen image, and the well-fitted moral that his own beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Another favorite is The Parrot & the Polar Bear (59): the two meet going in opposite directions to lands envisioned as charming. As each hears the other proclaiming the problems of his own habitat, he turns back to his own land. This illustration is one of the more complex and colorful, I think. I also like The Gargoyle & the Chilmney Swift (80). The mean-spirited gargoyle eventually finds his complaining mouth stuffed by the nest of the happy and grateful swift. Among the non-fable tales might be The Pearl & the Oyster on 89. My grand prize goes to The Pig & the Fox (94) for its story. The fox convinces the pig that fat is now fashionable. The pig begins eating even more, and the farmer decides to slaughter him and make him into sausage, which the fox steals. The flatterer seeks only to serve himself (98). A last favorite, for both story and silkscreen, is The Horse of a Different Color (114). The carousel horse rejects the real horse when he finally sees one. Notice did'nt on 66 and concensus on 100.
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