The Fables of La Fontaine
La Fontaine, Jean de
. Doubleday . Garden City, N.Y.
PZ8.2.L134 Sc 1963 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I had searched for ten years and never had this book in my hand. Experts in children's books did not even know that Scarry had done a LaFontaine book. Thirty-one fables, some with colored and some with black-and-white illustrations in Scarry's typical style. Rebus of T of C on 6. The best illustrations are for The Mice in Council (18-19), The Wolf and the Stork (20-21), The Wolf and the Fox (36-7), and DLS (54). Scarry may miss some of the story fun in SW (17) and The Donkey with the Sponges (44-45). Cuteness takes over in The Lion and the Troops illustration (22-23). In fact, the inside left flyleaf gives this description: Romping through these wisely witty little tales are the cheeriest and most personable small creatures ever to come from an artist's drawing board. I am not sure that LaFontaine would have asked first for cheer and personableness in his characters. Excellent condition.