Tales of the Punjab: Folklore of India.
Steel, Flora Annie Webster
Temple, Richard Carnac
, 1983 . Distributed by Crown Publishers , Greenwich House . NY
GR302.2.P34 S74 1983 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Forty-five stories with sixty-five illustrations. Many of the stories are indeed folkore but not fable. The preface declares that these are current folk-tales not manipulated into a flowery dignity. The method described for eliciting them (xiii) is delightful. There is so much changing of things into princes that, when one of the fables appears, I rejoice! The fables I notice are: The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal (107), The Close Alliance (123, featuring a tiger and a jackal), The Jackal and the Iguana (144), The Jackal and the Partridge (173), The Jackal and the Pea-Hen (195, the best of the fables here), and The Jackal and the Crocodile 230). The jackal has many starring roles! Fun but not fables: The Bear's Bad Bargain (35) and The Barber's Clever Wife (220). The book was at one time in the library of Elmer C. Mayer.