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Pages contain twelve "Fables and Tales," of which at least eight are Aesopic.

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The notes are helpful for identifying characters and stories. The limited vocabulary at the back is easier to work with than a whole dictionary. A nice little find. Philip White. Cover by Jim Spanfeller. The "fours" of the title refer to three sections of four fables each.

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Each fable gets one right-hand page for the combination of text and a simple black-and-white drawing. The fables are actually told as chreiai , anecdotes about named animals in particular places. Thus Ringtail the monkey lost his tail to a shark when he played one too many pranks on board ship and slipped overboard. These children's stories are simplistic and very correct. Thus a dog in Hawaii was named "Poki" because he liked to poke his nose into strange places by a newcomer to the islands who did not know that "poki" was a word for "cat.

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Moral: "It doesn't matter what your name is as long as you are glad to be you. Tropical is written "trophical" and stubbornness "stubborness. Volume 2 of The Bookshelf for Boys and Girls. Rudolf Kirsten. Zurich: Logos-Verlag. It is a joy to run into a book of clever fables and nothing else.

These fables take on the challenge of the fable form well. I will cite some examples of good ones here. The eagle asked the peacock and the lark to check out the nightingale. When they returned, the peacock said that the look of her awful dress had so overwhelmed her that she did not even hear her song.

The lark responded that her song had been so charming that she forgot to pay attention to her dress The mouse said to the wounded eagle "Console yourself with us.

We too cannot fly. The lazy dung-beatle says to the industrious ant "Your hard work has neither sense nor purpose. You will die just like me. And besides, there is a difference between dying as a dung-beatle and dying as an ant" The rat-mother asks the attacking cat "How can you take my children, since you yourself are a mother? My kids love eating rat" Fox, bear, and wolf pleaded with the lion to help them against a snake that they could not overcome.

He did. As he lay exhausted and wounded, the three fell upon him and consumed him along with his victim A frog tells the fly he has caught that the fly's sense and purpose is to be eaten. As then a stork consumes he frog, the frog screams "What injustice! No wonder that the many melodies produce only a lot of noise. With a few exceptions, these fables come one to a page.

I like them a great deal! T of C at the beginning. Printed in Switzerland. Lausanne: La Guilde du Livre. This is, as one might expect, a spectacular volume for two things. First is the excellent binding. The original red leather has golden lettering on its pliable spine. The second curious feature lies in the pasted-in black-and-white engravings. I find it surprising that the source s of these is not acknowledged.

Are these copies of famous illustrations of the fables? Might some or all of the others be from the same edition? I find about thirty-two illustrations after the oval frontispiece of La Fontaine. The illustration for "The Animal in the Moon" is loose.

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The T of C at the end lists only books except for the individual fables in the appendix, but there is an AI right after it. This edition is too late for Bassy and does not appear in Bodemann. In keeping with the policy of including in the collection all numbered, limited edition books, I include this second copy of a lovely book. I will note two differences, one in the book itself and one in my understanding of the book. First, let me repeat some comments made on the first copy. Those engravings touch on the difference in my understanding.

I missed in the first copy the acknowledgement of the engravings of Gouget taken from the edition of Lecointe and Pougin from Paris in , a copy of which has since then been acquired for this collection. As I noted then, "The Ape and the Dolphin" is perhaps the most famous of the illustrations from Gouget; it is reproduced in McKendry The difference in the two books themselves is this: the illustration for "The Animal in the Moon" here is not loose, as it is in the other copy.

Odette de Mourgues.

This is an earlier paperback edition of a hardbound book I have in its edition from Edward Arnold. Its spine is losing its hold on the pages.

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I will add what I wrote there. This is a short and helpful little work, perhaps too taken with literary history, but it certainly helps us to hear something about that in assessing La Fontaine. Unfortunately, frequent French passages are not translated. De Mourgues wants to situate La Fontaine in history: that is a hard task because he stands out.

There seems to be little around him. La Fontaine's particular quality is maturity. Precieux poetry was the one kind of poetry alive when La Fontaine was writing: "poetry written for a group of sophisticated people in order to give them a delicate intellectual pleasure, without any danger of upsetting the peaceful civilized atmosphere of the group" La Fontaine accepted the limitations which his age set on subject-matter.

The moralist is not primarily concerned with practical teaching, but his purpose is to see men and society as they are. He is not a reformer but he need not be a cynic. A moralist is necessarily a pessimist. The picture of politics and society in La F remains a general one, going far beyond his age. He shows no indignation, no bitterness.

We watch the tragedy of the world from the point of view of the gods. But to this La Fontaine adds a rich blend of sympathy, tenderness, and irony. One last value enters this mix: solitude. Plaire: The fables are stories and most critics of La F have viewed him primarily as a story-teller.

A first obvious characteristic of his poetry and story-telling is its naturalness. A second is wit.

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And for him wit is associated with serious and important subjects. There is a long section on poetic sacrifice. La Fontaine leaves out a lot that he knows that the reader needs to supply. Something classic about saying more with less. Orhan Veli Kanik. Fourth printing? Istanbul: Dogan Kardes Yayinlari. This is a simple, page pamphlet with modest black-and-white illustrations in varying styles, perhaps borrowed from other editions. I like particularly the illustration of the hunter running from the lion, to the amusement of the shepherd In DS 61 , it is a bird that the dog has in his mouth, and we can see the bird that he sees in the water.

The front cover ranges various anmals in color around the title against a yellow background. There is no T of C. Illustrations de C. Here is a twelve-page book presenting two fables. Apparently there is a series of three books. Facing this page is a black-and-white version of the same picture ready for coloring.

Finally there is a connect-the-dots picture of the country mouse heading for home. For GA, there is first a lively single page presenting the singing cicada followed by a two-page colored spread of her pleading with the ant in winter.