Parables from Nature
. George Bell & Sons . London
PR4712.G15 P3 1888 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The opening life and tribute by her daughter are affectionate testimony. In all, Gatty published five series of parables, originally apparently all done with her own illustrations. I read four of the seventeen stories here. They are predictably hard to swallow. In the first, a dying butterfly asks a caterpillar to care for her eggs. The caterpillar asks around, wanting to learn how to care for them. She cannot believe the lark's answer, namely that they will be caterpillars and that she will be a butterfly. The lesson of trust is then applied again to her death as a butterfly.... The second gets into long disquisitions on the injustice of some bees working while others are queens. In the third, a dying mother bird sends her young off to the Unknown Land to be found by trust and obedience. In the fourth seaweed, a zoophyte, and a bookworm experience how foolish it would be to limit one's belief to the bounds of one's own powers.