From the dust jacket:
"Animal Stories, selected, edited and in part re-written by Walter de la Mare. With a preface by the editor, illustrated with seventeenth century woodcuts.
As a maker of anthologies Walter de la Mare stands supreme, and here he has made an unusual one for older children, for story-tellers and for every one interested in children's literature.
The fifty animal stories here included show the development of these stories from Aesop's fables to the present day. Some are entirely re-written, in others Mr. de la Mare has smoothed out rough places and given them his own particular touch. For illustrations he has selected the quaint, decorative woodcuts from an old 'beaste' book.
It is the preface that story-tellers will cherish particularly, for in it Mr. de la Mare traces the development of the animal folk tale and comments on the stories in his characteristic and beautiful prose."
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