The Hut in the Forest: A Tale about Being Kind to Animals
. Reader's Digest Young Families . Pleasantville, NY
PZ8.2.F368 Hut 2006 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I include this book in the collection not because I think The Hut in the Forest should be viewed as a fable but because this volume is part of a series that is labeled Famous Fables. This twenty-page children's picture book extends onto its back endpaper with tips for parents, including strategies, discussion questions, and activities that grow out of the story. This story is in fact new to me. It is a fairy tale in which a sister does better than her two older brothers. She gives her food to the animals of an old man in a hut as he asks; her two brothers had eaten the food themselves and lied that they fed the animals. The old man turns into a king, and his hut belongs now to the woodcutter whose children were the main players in this story. Magic, transformations, and a happy ending. We are a long way from fables here!