Tales the Peacock Might Have Told
. The Full Circle Press . Homewood, Calif.
PZ8.2.J67 Tal 1972 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here are seventeen fables, each with at least one woodcut. The cuts are done in various colors. The last of them, for The Peacock Returns, brings together three colors in one woodcut. The Lion & the Elephant is well done. The elephant tries to run in their unfair run-and-climb race and happens to knock the lion out of his tree all three times. The race is finally postponed. In The Earthworm and the Snail, there is a dramatic jumping-contest. The worm goes first and jumps over three inches high when a robin goes by… There is a good new take on what might happen between a tortoise and a hare, but it has to do not with a race but with housing. Similarly, GA is nicely replayed, first with plenty of intermediate steps and then with a new sequel. The Hedgehogs is a good fable on outward signs associated with gender, like hair length. The Cat may be the best of all. Other stories are closer to simple jokes. Plenty of them are fun. The printing is surprising because paragraphs that quote stay indented throughout the paragraph. Also grasshopper (in the opening T of C), advice, kangaroos, refrigerator, opened, and no one are misspelled. Jorgensen closes with a clever colophon that indicates, among other things, that the book was printed by the illustrator, illustrated by the binder, and bound by the author.