Famous Stories from Jataka Tales
. Shanti Publications . Delhi
BQ1462.E5F366 2013 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Thirty-three stories on 116 pages after an opening T of C. Each story gets several colored pictures. I find the tellings of the stories good, as in the first story, The Golden Duck (5). The illustration style seems consistent with other Shanti publications for children that I have seen. My eye happened to have fallen on minster for minister on 12. The Foolish Son (27) tells of a won who uses an axe to attack a mosquito on his carpenter father's head! The Greedy Bird (30) is back from other Jataka collections, but this time he reports of grain fallen not on a freeway but on a highway. That choice works much better with food-laden bullock carts. The Kind Stag is another staple of the Jataka collection. He is called golden but pictured in usual colors. Another staple story presents a jackal judge who awards one disputing otter the head of a fish which he had seized and another the tail of the fish, which he had seized. The clever jackal keeps the middle part for himself (40). The Foolish Jackal (47) tells of a successful partnership between lion and jackal. The latter would inform the former and clean up after his kill. The jackal, impressed with their success, asks to reverse roles and the lion finally gives in and soon informs the jackal of an elephant nearby. The jackal attacks the elephant and is soon trampled to death. Foolish Friends on 85 presents a good short version of the sad falling out of lion and bull under the insinuations of a jealous jackal. The Clever Son (102) tells of the son seeing his father digging a grave for the boy's beloved grandfather; the boy promptly starts digging one for his father! The dust-jacket is glued to the covers.