The Frog and the Mouse
. Shanti Publications . Delhi
Shanti 10 .
PZ8.2.I533 Fr 2013 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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One of twenty in the series, found near the counter as we were settling up a large order of books. I find the version of this traditional story surprising. Generally in this story, the frog means the mouse harm. Here that is not the case. Generally only one paw of the mouse is tied to one leg of the frog, but here each of the frog's legs is tied to a front paw of the mouse. Finally, this frog swims for a few hours and then finds a dead mouse tied to him. These are best of friends. Would not a good friend check on his friend before a few hours had elapsed? A hawk swoops down on the dead mouse, and the frog is hoisted with him to his destruction. Moral: Foolish ideas never work. Slick computer-generated art on sixteen pages of a pamphlet.