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Birthday Cards


1989 "Fractured Fables for Fabulous Sons (Especially those having birthdays!"  Hallmark Cards.  $5.99 from Rubber Stamp Attic through Ebay, July, '18.

This birthday card for sons is really a twelve-page booklet offering parodies of nursery rhymes like "Jack and Jill" and "Simple Simon."  The parodies regularly turn to routine parental advice, "family phrases that stick through the ages."



1995? "A Birthday Fable." Portrait formatted cartoon birthday greeting card. The front shows a farmer standing in a ditch and holding a ball of string and then climbing out of the ditch. The front's prose leads up to an outrageous play on words revealed when the card is opened. Dale Cards B-032785. RPP, Inc. 2 copies, gifts in '97.

A niche in twine saved Stine. How nice that people find fable things like this for me!



1999 Birthday greeting card featuring TH. 6¾" x 4¾". Illustration by Clare Mackie. Boston/Paris: Graphique de France. Gift of Mary Pat Ryan, Nov., '99.

A hurrying tortoise extends an envelope to an eager hare. The caption inside reads "Better late than never! Happy Birthday."



2002? Birthday greeting card "A Birthday Fable." 8¾" x 4". Made in U.S.A. Kansas City, MO: Expressions from Hallmark. $1 from Sheryl Weilgosh, Oklahoma City, OK, through eBay, Jan., '04.

Here is a card meant to supply a surprising answer. Click on this small version first to find the larger version. Then click on the card to open it.

2005? Birthday card: "A Birthday Fable."  Hallmark.  Envelope included.  Unknown source.

The front side of this card tells a story about a rowdy birthday party among ducks.  Cows in a neighboring barn called the police.  The front of the card asks "Would youlike to know the moral of this story?"  The inside of the card then asks "Or would you rather know how the cow dials the phone?"