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Stories to Grow On

It seems to me that several of the eight stories in this collection are fables and several are not.  I will list them all but comment on those that I believe are fables.

2002 The Fisherman and His Wife: A Tale of Moderation. Illustrated by Rusty Fletcher.  Adapted by Sarah Toast.  Eighth printing.  Hardbound.  Printed in China.  Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International, Inc.  $2 from Chad Blackmon, Garner, NC, through eBay, Nov., '13.  

2002 Stone Soup: A Tale of Cooperation.  Adapted by Mary Rowitz.  Illustrated by Sharron O'Neil.  Eighth printing.  Hardbound. Stories to Grow On:  Publications International, Ltd.  $2 from Chad Blackmon, Garner, NC, through eBay, Nov., '13.

Internally the same as "Cooperation: Stone Soup," from the same publisher in 2000.  Each pair of pages presents one full page of text and one of colored illustration.  The picture of the cow maid holding her mop at the farmhouse's half-door is too good to miss!  After a day of no luck begging for food, this cook/traveler proclaims that his stone has magic qualities.  A page at the end stops to reflect on cooperation in the light of the story.

2002 King Midas: A Tale of Wisdom.  Adapted by Jennifer Boudart.  Illustrated by Kristen Goeters.  Eighth printing.  Hardbound. Stories to Grow On:  Publications International, Ltd.  $2 from Chad Blackmon, Garner, NC, through eBay, Nov., '13. 

2002 The Four Musicians: A Tale of Friendship.  Adapted by Mary Rowitz.  Illustrated by Wendy Edelson.  Eighth printing.  Hardbound. Stories to Grow On:  Publications International, Ltd.  $2 from Chad Blackmon, Garner, NC, through eBay, Nov., '13.

2002 The Boy Who Cried Wolf: A Tale of Sincerity.  Adapted by Mary Rowitz.  Illustrated by Jon Goodell.  Hardbound.  Lincolnwood, IL: Stories to Grow On:  Publications International, Ltd.  $2 from Chad Blackmon, Garner, NC, through eBay, Nov., '13.

Each pair of pages presents one full page of text and one of colored illustration.  This version of BW is particularly well told.  The boy had never seen a wolf; he even wondered if they existed at all.  He had tried to play with the sheep to vary his days: no luck!  The boy hid when he first fooled the people.  He emerged from behind a tree to tell them how funny they looked running up the hill to help.  Maybe the best image is that of the townsfolk wondering what was up as they reached the top of the hill and found neither wolf nor shepherd.  On the climactic day, the wolf ran off into the forest with all the sheep.  Ther story ends, poignantly, with the boy sitting where he had sat when surrounded by his sheep.  "The shepherd boy didn't think his joke was so funny anymore.

2002 The Emperor's New Clothes: A Tale of Honesty.  Adapted by Mary Rowitz.  Illustrated by Sherry Neidigh.  Hardbound.  Lincolnwood, IL: Stories to Grow On:  Publications International, Ltd.  $2 from Chad Blackmon, Garner, NC, through eBay, Nov., '13.

Each pair of pages presents one full page of text and one of colored illustration.  In this well executed version of the traditional story, the emperor in love with clothes is a hippopotamus, though the text never mentions that fact.  The thieves from a faraway land are a fox and a weasel.  "Only the wisest people in the land will see this fabric….  It will be invisible to fools or those who are unfit for their office."  These two "tailors" are wise enough to tell the king as they measure him that his new suit will feel as light as a spider's web.  "You might even feel as though you're wearing nothing at all."  The tailors hard at work cutting and sewing the air let a befuddled minister know that they need more food because they are working so hard!  The emperor rewards the boy who tells him the truth.  "You risked being called a fool to tell me the truth."

2002 The Gift: A Tale of Generosity.  Adapted by Jennifer Boudart.  Illustrated by Debbie Dieneman.  Cover illustrated by Rusty Fletcher.  Hardbound.  Lincolnwood, IL: Stories to Grow On:  Publications International, Ltd.  $2 from Chad Blackmon, Garner, NC, through eBay, Nov., '13.

2002 The Velveteen Rabbit: A Tale of Love.  Adapted by Jennifer Boudart.  Illustrated by Elena Kucharik.  Hardbound.  Lincolnwood, IL: Stories to Grow On:  Publications International, Ltd.  $2 from Chad Blackmon, Garner, NC, through eBay, Nov., '13.