Almost Aesop: A Suite Based on Aesop's Fables
Klouse, Andrea S
. Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation . Milwaukee, WI
M1570.K56 1988 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A brown pictorial cover opens this 16-page unstapled pamphlet offering three songs for two voices based on Aesop. That cover picture includes the six characters paired off in the fables: TH, BW, and LM. A short introduction warns Be on the 'look-out' for some surprising endings, should one 'read between the lines.' I am regularly surprised, as here, to find quotation marks used for emphasis. The lyrics rhyme. The tortoise and hare race to the Barber Shop beyond the Old Towne Square. The hare seeks a shorter way off the path. The lyrics here end this way: The moral of this story demonstrates how it's much farther to take a 'HARE-CUT' in the woods instead of at the Barber's! Wolfie says to the shepherd boy I came, I conquered, I took! GULP! The joke in LM comes with the moral: There's no one too small to heed a friend's call and don't ever take a long nap 'LION' down… Pun-lovers will perhaps love these lyrics.