Aesop's Fables

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Aesop
Leete-Hodge, Lornie
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1985
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Originally published in England by Deans International Publishing. This large-format book features lively, colorful, sentimental illustrations for its eighteen fables. A typical illustration is that of the wide-eyed lion suspended in a net on 18. Little characters added to the scene, like a mouse in the FS illustration (7), add to the fun. Many of the animals are exquisitely dressed, particularly in the illustrations for The Monkey King (12). In TH, the winner is to receive a feast from the loser, and hare is so confident that he has not prepared one (8). The illustration of FG (11) does not include a fox at all. We see only a crow enjoying a ripe grape. The image (24-25) of mice generals with horns attached to their heads is delightful! The versions here seem wordier than they need to be; thus it takes eleven lines before the fox meets the boar sharpening his tusks against a tree (20). In GGE (26), the golden egg has a normal shell.
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