Mr. Thurber's animal kingdom and its possible worlds point up his hand-made morals in ever-loving happy talk for his devoted followers. Over forty fables to rouse the risibilities wander from the prehistoric to men, women and children, with all walking, crawling and flying things in between, and they encounter and discount the experiences that are the basis of the morals. It's hard to choose between the fauna, and many a maxim will have a defend-to-the-death admirer: ""You can't very well be king of the beasts if there aren't any."" ""It is not always more blessed to give than to receive but it is frequently more rewarding."" ""It is better to have the ring of freedom in your ears than in your nose."" Your favorite friends and relatives will not like you if you do not share this with them.