The Farmer and the Snake
. Mango: DC Books . Bangalore
MAF 1 .
PZ8.2.T2Far 2008 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is a good dramatization of the Aesopic fable expressing that reconciliation may not be possible in every case. Here the venomous snake kills a man's son, and the man reacts by using an axe to cut off the snake's tail. Both man and snake lie in wait for each other for some time to do more harm to the other. Then the man decides that it is time to reconcile with the snake, but the snake was wiser than the man (19). Don't be a fool. You cannot forget your son and I will not be able to forget my lost tail. We will always be enemies. Please go away. The last two-page image in strong silhouette shows the farmer trudging home dragging his axe with a heavy heart. Lively art. The cover shows the happy family of three before the unfortunate incident. I have ordered five more booklets from this series, but I suspect that some further members of the series will elude me.