The Best of Moral Stories and Moral Stories
. OM Books . New Delhi
Aesop and others
PZ5.B427 2012 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
Aesop and others
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This is two books bound together, each with a separate ISBN number and separate pagination. Each book has five stories, 12 to 22 pages in length. Both feature heavy paper and large print. The stories are well told. The first book contains these five: The Clever Fox and the Goat; TH; and GGE; The Hungry Fox and the Shepherds; and The Ungrateful Traveller. The first extends the usual fable by having the fox spend a full night in the well. In TH, the tortoise has a mantra: I always finish what I have started (19). The hare thinks There would be no harm in sleeping for a little bit (28). In GGE, a poor couple, vegetable farmers, put their pennies together to get one goose and thus some eggs to eat. Too much greed always leads to great loss (47). I ask: is there some such thing as just enough greed? A great illustration here (45) shows the goose's misgiving as she overhears the couple talking about getting all the eggs at once. The Hungry Fox and the Shepherds has a long build-up to the fox's discovery of lunches in the tree hollow, where the shepherds have stored them. The moral is surprisingly simple: Excess is bad (63). The Ungrateful Traveller is better known, I believe, in terms of a plane tree used by travellers for shade on a hot day. The conflict of this fable goes on between the two travellers, one of whom finds the tree useless, while the other is grateful for its shade. Then the tree gets into the conversation. In the second volume, titled Moral Stories, Jackal Learns a Lesson pairs the jackal with the tiger. This story is new to me. Tiger tries to keep jackal from harm, but jackal misconstrues him into an enemy. The Glass of Milk is given by a woman to a male teen-ager; he repays it years later as doctor to the now elderly sick woman. The woman's bill reads One glass of milk, now paid in full. This story provides the book's cover. William thinks that a stranger sitting next to him on a bench is eating up his cookies. The truth is that he has been eating the stranger's cookies! The last story seems silly to me. The head of a family discovers thieves in his house in the night and goes to a fortune-teller rather than to the police! This story on 69 has through where it needs thought.