Famous Animal Fables
. Teacher Created Materials . Huntington Beach, CA
Aesop and others
Aesop and others
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This 7" x 9" pamphlet offers seven fables, illustrated by various artists. The cover shows a human and several monkeys waving to several other monkeys suspended from vines. The first fable is new to me: the king of all the birds, a swan, has a daughter who wants to marry the most beautiful bird. She chooses the peacock, but then he shows off in so shameful a manner that he is rejected and shunned. Pride comes before a fall. In the second, a greedy fox finds a hunter's lunch in a tree and, famished and skinny, climbs in. After eating lots of the hunter's food, he cannot get out. Luckily, snow confuses the hunter and the fox is not found out. He emerges wiser. In the third story, four different animals claim that a tree is theirs but soon learn to share the tree: elephant, monkey, hare, and partridge. The fourth fable is CP. The fifth fable substitutes a horse for the usual donkey who seems to learn successful behavior from a pet dog. The sixth story is the most surprising to me. A hatmaker falls asleep and finds that monkeys have stolen his hats. After all sorts of attempts, he angrily throws his own hat to the ground, and all the monkeys do the same. Success! He gets his hats back. His grandson undergoes the same adventure and throws his hat to the ground without the same effect among the monkeys. "You are not the only one with a grandfather who tells stories!" The last story is the traditional "Lion and Rabbit" from Panchatantra. This is a lively recent book!