Aesop's Fables: The Fox and the Grapes and other stories
. Dreamland Publications . Delhi, India
DRMLND 1 .
PZ8.2.A254 1997 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Was this bright color work done in India? This is an oversized 8½ x 11 presentation of four fables. The fox in FG is female. The expression of frustration and anger on her face on the final page of FG is well done. The dog in DS wants more than one bone. After losing his bone, he waits for the other dog to return with both bones; when the water clears and he sees his own reflection, he thinks that the other dog has already eaten the meat from both bones. Foxy the fox in FS makes a home for herself by taking a rabbit hutch and eating all the rabbits in it. She is returning from successful hunting with a rabbit in her mouth when she meets the hungry Mr. Stork. Foxy notices the way Mr. Stork eyes her dead rabbit and so she conceives the bright idea of an invitation to dinner. Mr. Stork promises upon leaving to offer as good a dish as he has been offered. The artist presents Mr. Stork's offering in a jar, which the fox holds up with ease. Does that conception not undercut the story? The fox here could lift the vase like a bottle of beer and so get at the food inside. The dog in DM wanders into the stable. There is a garish red-purple in some of the skies. Some turns of phrase leave out articles that we would expect, e.g. in future.