The Lion and the Man: A Fable
. Harlin Jacque Publications , Harlin Jacques Publications . Garden City, NY ,
PZ8.2.L53 Li 2009 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book is surprising because it was printed on demand November 24, 2010 in La Vergne, TN, even though it lists a publishing firm in New York City. That kind of printing on demand of a book in print seems to me to be something new in the publishing world, distinct from the republishing of photocopied books from the past. Lindamichellebaron, as the back cover tells, has been publisher and president of Harlin Jacque Publications for over twenty years. I just ordered her previous fable publication, Anthony Ant and Grady Grasshopper, from Harlin Jacque. Pages 11-41 here present the fable, with vivid colored illustrations on the left-hand page and text on the right. Pages 43-67 then present the same story as A Play for Classroom Use. The story narrates -- from the lion's perspective -- the lion's capture and delivery to a zoo. It develops the engaging conceit of the lion training men to care for him well. Perhaps the best of the cartoon illustrations shows people jumping into each other's arms over fear at the lion's roaring (38). In the play, the same half-faces of lion and trapper face each other nicely on each pair of pages.