I don’t have the chance to browse Op Shops like I used to, and to be honest we are trying to get rid of excess rather than adding to it, but yesterday on a visit to my favourite second-hand heaven I found this wonderful copy of Aesop’s Fables from 1967.
There is comfort in pretending that what we can’t get isn’t worth having
Be yourself. Fine feathers do not always make fine birds
He who tries to please everybody pleases nobody
I just love the illustrations in these – I remember books and greetings cards that were stylised in this way, they really do speak to an era.
Some people believe that Might makes Right
“I really wasn’t very hungry,” he said, to console himself. “Besides, I’m sure those grapes are sour.”
It is easier to think up a plan than to carry it out
Such gorgeous use of colour and bold design style – I found it hard to pick which pictures to show you without photographing the entire book, don’t you think they’re just wonderful! And who can resist a rabbit holding a sign that reads We want justice and Dessert.
First published 1965, second impression 1967. Selected and Adapted by Louis Untermeyer. Pictures by A. and M.Provensen
Actions speak louder than words