Produced and distributed in the mid-1960s by CNP, a major French life insurance company, Sept Familles: Fables de la Fontaine card game focuses on some of the most famous and beloved fables by 17th-century French fabulist Jean de la Fontaine. Each of the seven different grouping of six cards composes a unique fable “family.” Some of the world-renowned fables represented in the game include “Le Liėvre et La Tortue” (The Hare and the Tortoise) and “Le Corbeau et le Renard” (The Crow and the Fox).
The pack consists of 42 fable cards, an introduction card, and a rules card. All of the cards are written in French. Each grouping of six “family” cards include not only the fable’s title but also unique lines from the fable itself. The game, introduction and rules cards are in excellent vintage condition, free of tears, creases, stains, discoloration and frayed edges. The illustrations on the front side remain bright and colorful. The back of each card sports the CNP logo and promotion line for the insurance company.
Unfortunately, the original box for this game has been lost. However, to protect the beautiful artwork on the cards, a clear plastic card case is included with purchase of the game.
This gorgeously illustrated game card based on the fable of Jean de la Fontaine offers a fun evening of family entertainment. Sept Familles: Fables de la Fontaine would make for an ideal gift for either the student or teacher of French. For those who collect vintage card games, children’s games and toys, or European-made games, this card game promises to be a great addition.