The Unfaithful Friend
. Shanti Publications . Delhi
Shanti Pan 4 .
PK3741.P3 T35 no. 4 (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. Sixteen pages with standard computer art. This version of The Crocodile and the Monkey finishes quickly. The crocodile's admission is followed by two sentences from the monkey indicating that he left his heart on the tree and that they need to go back. The next sentence begins with reaching the bank and finishes immediately with the monkey climbing to safety. In other versions, the monkey may need time to scheme, and the trip back is emphasized more. Outstanding in this presentation is the centerfold double-picture of the wife crying crocodile tears as she convinces her husband that she has a disease curable only by the eating of a monkey's heart. The following pair of pages also does a good job with the monkey's reflection as he rides on the crocodile's back. Do blackberries hang from a tree as they are pictured to do here? The moral is disappointingly general: Presence of mind is very useful.