Bobbs-Merrill Readers: The Fourth Reader
Baker, Clara Belle
Baker, Edna Dean,
Betts, George Herbert,
This book fits with the Third Reader already in the collection. Vera Stone got married in the meantime. Fable materials here, gathered in a section named Wise Old Tales, include The Emperor's New Clothes (82); Buried Treasure (94); The Quails (100); and The Mountain and the Squirrel (103). Buried Treasure is well told. It features the father's will, which states I bequeath to my sons my olive orchard and equal shares in the treasure that lies buried there. The sons fear that anybody hired to dig up the treasure will steal it, and so they themselves do the digging. The Quails includes two features besides the usual Kalila and Dimna feature of picking up the net and flying away with it. One comes from the Buddhist parable in which the quails settle the net onto thorn bushes and so escape. The other involves quails quarreling with each other and so not working together to escape. This book is in amazingly good condition!