The Mouse, the Frog and the Hawk
. Mango: DC Books . Bangalore
MAF 5 .
PZ8.2.T2Mou 2007 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The story here is on 6 to 21 of this booklet with circled page numbers. In this version, the frog gets tired on a friendly journey together. The frog then has the bright idea to tie a string between his back leg and one of the mouse's forelegs. (That part of the story has it backwards. A mouse back leg needs to be tied to a frog foreleg.) So we will always run together. The bright idea works: the mouse runs and the frog leaps. One of the story's best illustrations is on 14-15, and it gets repeated as the cover illustration. At a stream, the frog suggests to the frightened mouse that the latter can sit on the back of the former. The trip goes well and both are singing happily. Then the hawk appears, swoops down, and catches the mouse. Somewhat surprisingly, the mouse and frog are still tied to each other. The hawk promptly eats them both. An excellent last illustration shows the hawk in silhouette flying into the sunset with the mouse in a claw and the frog suspended below (21). This is a curious solution to the story's issues. I would judge it not totally satisfying. The booklet is one of five booklets from this series ordered from The Book Depository in the UK. I suspect that some further members of the series will elude me.