Fifty Fables of La Fontaine

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La Fontaine, Jean de
Shapiro, Norman R
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1988
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This is a lovely bilingual edition with excellent rhymed translations and notes. The black-and-white art is not outstanding; the best illustrations are those of the lion and gnat (between 23 and 24) and of an old cat and a young mouse (between 103 and 104). The frog of OF has a very human face; the straight frontal approach is unusual for this story (between 5 and 6). The frog seems to be clutching the mouse from behind as the hawk's talons appear in the oval picture of FM (between 47 and 48). I notice that this is one of the few illustrations of TT that uses a complex tree branch rather than a straight stick for the flight (between 95 and 96).
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University of Illinois Press
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