Fables and Tales from Africa
Stone, Eliot Kays
. F.A. Owen Publishing Company . Dansville, NY
PZ8.2.S76 Af 1921a (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A pamphlet containing twelve stories for first graders. The Instructor Literature Series contains 306 volumes! The original price was $.07 or less. The fables are again told very simply, as they were in the other booklets in this series, Eleven Fables from Aesop (1906) and More Fables from Aesop (1905). Unlike them, this booklet has no illustrations. The Cunning Cock (3) is a Chanticleer-like story. The Lion and the Baboon (4) has a nice trick and a surprise ending. In The Dove, the Jackal, and the Heron (6), there is an Aesopic element: the jackal recognizes that someone has given the dove a new perspective, since the dove no longer sacrifices her children to the jackal. This story adds an etiological explanation of how the heron's neck got bent. There is another traditional fable trick in The Leopard, the Jackal, and the Ram (9): the ram says to the arriving jackal Friend Jackal, you have done well. You have brought us the Leopard to eat. The Wise Jackal (19) is a slightly different version of the traditional tale of getting the attacker (here a snake) back into his original captivity (here pinned under a stone). The Frog's Horse (22) is an Uncle Remus and African tale. The Lion, the Jackal, and the Hyena (24) is the Aesopic sick lion fable, with the wolf and fox using the lion's illness to attack and even destroy each other. The Trumpeter (26) is too long for a fable but very nice.