Aesop's Fables: The Crow and the Nightingale and other stories
. Dreamland Publications . Delhi
DRMLND 14 .
PZ8.2.A254 1997 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is an 8½ x 11 presentation of five fables. In The Crow and the Nightingale King Eagle accedes to the request of the crow to be called the king of song of the woods. The laughter of the other beasts when he makes his claim leads him to realize, with the eagle's help, that to call him the king is different from making him the king. In The Three Wishes the main character is a woodcutter rather than the usual fisherman. A wish-granting fairy lives in a tree which he is about to cut down. He and his wife use up their three wishes when he wants bread, when she wants it to hang from his nose, and when he wants it not to hang from his nose. The Clever Boy is about a spoiled young math wizard. When he proves verbally that two chickens are really three, his clever father gives one real chicken to his wife, takes the second for himself, and leaves the fictitious third for the too-clever son. In FWT the fox does not cut off her tail; it comes off as she tries to free herself. She is laughed at first and then confidently asks if she does not look prettier without it. The answer is still no. The Two Jars features china clay and brass jars. Somewhat out of keeping with the story, the former has it easier in the flood, and the brass jar wants to get close to the clay jar. The clay jar refuses in terms usual for this fable.