Morpurgo offers 21 old fables, plus a trenchant new one of his own by way of introduction, all written in an informal tone—" ‘There you are, said Mouse.' ‘I told you I'd pay you back, didn't I?' ‘A tiddly thing like you helping out a king of the beasts like me,' Lion replied. ‘Who'd have thought it possible?' "—and capped by traditional morals in capital letters.
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