Famous Stories from Panchatantra
. Alka Publications . Mumbai
PK3741.P3J35 2005 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I just wrote a few hours ago, a propos of Selected Stories from Panchatantra, that it was curious that the same publisher put out two Panchatantra books by the same author but different illustrators within about four years of each other. Then again, there is yet another Panchatantra book within this series pictured on the back cover of this book! And this is that book pictured on that back cover! It matches its series mate in format: 7 x 9¼. It has the same author, illustrator, and length of 120 pages. It offers 38 numbered fables. There is again a T of C on 3-4. Among many old friends, I have enjoyed reading Jackal Remains Jackal (13). A lioness brings up a jackal with her cubs but notices that the jackal hangs back while the cubs attack an elephant. The lioness tells the jackal what he is and tells him that her cubs will never tolerate the company of a coward. The talkative tortoise here flies with swans (58). The foolish monkeys blow on their non-fire with bamboo pipes (66). La Fontaine's cunning old cat judges between the squirrel and the mouse on 115-18. The curious monkey on 118 loses his tail in the split log. The cover proclaims Illustrated in Colour, and there are one or two larger-than-half-page colored illustrations for each of the stories. Most curious of them may be the detailed presentation of the bedbug and the mosquito on the fat king's bed (29). The most dramatic may be the crab's throttling of the crane in mid-air on 91.