The Big Bad Wolf looms large in world folklore. The Wolf is the tyrant of the forest, the embodiment of remorseless greed. Aesop's most famous lupine story is "Crying 'Wolf,'" a timeless cautionary tale. Wolves are no joke, though. They have posed a threat to domesticated livestock for thousands of years. Given that they probably inspired the idea of domestication to begin with, the relationship between wolf and human is inextricably tied to the history of civilization itself.
The Blanche Winder edition bills itself as "Complete and Unabridged," a ridiculous understatement. 48 stories is a lot but the known fables number in the hundreds. Fortunately, in the age of the Internet, everything in the public domain is easily accessible online. If you're interested, look no further. The Winder book, first published in 1965, is a bit dated for other reasons. In "The Boys and the Frogs," a group of boys throw stones at frogs. Ms. Winder expresses hope that "there were no little girls among them." Personally, I see killing frogs for sport more as mean than unladylike but I realize the world has changed a little in 50 years. The Winder book is engaging and certainly accessible to children, if not the most scholarly objective work.