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Old Granny Fox (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) Paperback – June 23, 2010
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The kindle edition seems to be missing some text though. There is one or two spots were Granny Fox's saying at the beginning of the chapter is cut out. This doesn't effect the story and my kids don't notice it. Unlike the Bowser the Hound book, where every chapter had a saying there are only a couple in this book. This is the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.
There is also no table of contents for the book. Its a free book so I don't really care, but some may.
"Old Granny Fox" is not the first in Burgess' series, but it isn't a bad place to start, either. Most of his stories, though loosely interconnected, still allow the reader to jump in at any point.
Bear in mind, there are presently two versions of this Kindle book on Amazon. One of them (Old Granny Fox) is not completely formatted properly. That one is still a good reading copy, but due to the formatting, excises many of the witty sayings in each chapter.
This version is the (free) one to get, although it also has none of the original illustrations. There are other copies of Burgess' animal stories with the artwork on Kindle, but none of them appear to be free. Most are only a buck or two, so if you enjoy "Old Granny Fox," you could still find plenty of the illustrated versions of Burgess' writings in Kindle format on the cheap.
Harrison Cady did two sets of drawings for this title; 8 color ones, printed on plates, for Little, Brown, of which 4 were later used for Grosset & Dunlap, printed in B&W on plates. Then, Cady redrew those 4 as line drawings for Grosset & Dunlap to print on the text paper stock instead of on plates. Those 4 line drawings are crude by Harrison Cady's standards, compared to the line drawings he did for many other Burgess books.
This Dover edition has the 4 crude line drawings. Some other Dover editions have the illustrations from the B&W plates, and it would have been better if they had done that for this title too. But kudos to Dover for getting it basically right for this title.
If you like these illustrations, I'd recommend finding a used copy of the Little, Brown edition too -- mostly to get all 8 original drawings, but also to see them in color as Cady originally drew them.
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