. Gallery Books , W.H. Smith . NY ,
PZ8.G73 Rou 1984 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book's particular charm lies in the steady commentary offered by figures in its illustrations. The first of the twelve stories in the book is MSA. This version has unusual features: the donkey comes along to carry home their purchases, the father dives into the river to cut the donkey's forefeet free, and the son gets a black eye where the donkey kicks him. I find a problem in this fable that seems to me typical for the texts here: they tend to mock themselves, as when the man tells his son to listen only when people advise constructively. What does `constructively' mean? asks the son. It means that next time we go to market we take your mother with us to carry our purchases, and leave the donkey at home. The Honest Woodcutter (46) is a version of the old fable about the man in a hole with a lion, monkey, and snake.