The wolf and the Rabbits
. Shanti Publications . Delhi
Shanti 16 .
PZ8.2.I533 Wolf 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. The first curiosity about this book has to do with its title. The title on the cover includes the word Rabbit, while the title-page has Rabbits. The title-page also takes away capital letter which the cover had put on Wolf. Meeku and Cheeku are rabbits -- curiously, one pink and one gray -- who invade the wolf's orchard. Cheeku climbs up a tree (a rabbit?!) while Meeku hides behind a tree. The wolf comes. Cheeku sees him coming, takes some fruit, and jumps inside a barrel, all without being seen by the wolf. Cheeku, again strangely, leaves the barrel, and the hard-to-comprehend wolf asks if he has seen any rabbit carrying fruits. Cheeku tells him that he saw a rabbit entering the barrel. The wolf jumps inside the barrel, and the two rabbits immediately close the lid and imprison him. There must be a simpler and more coherent story behind this book's version! Brain is better than brawn. Slick computer-generated art on sixteen pages of a pamphlet.