Favorite Folk Tales: A Wise Old Goose
. Ciptaan Jiwaseni Sdn. Bhd. . Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
BQ1462.E5 W58 2002 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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One in a series of seven 7½ x 10¼ pamphlets. Unfortunately, this was the only member of the series that I could find in my short visit to Manila. There are two Jatakas stories here. The Blue Jackal works from the vantage point of fear. The jackal first runs away from the dogs through fear. Then, when he has become blue, he knows that the other animals fear him. It does not help this booklet, I believe, that a number of animals pictured along the way in this story are blue! The main character in A Wise Old Goose knows that small creeper plants at the base of a tree will grow and soon allow people like hunters to climb the tree and kill the birds who live in the tree. His advice goes unheeded. One day a hunter climbs the tree and spreads his nets. Soon the geese are trapped. Now the wise old goose conceives a plan: they will all play dead tomorrow, and the hunter will throw them down from the net. When the last is thrown, they need to fly away. There is a strange blank page facing 14, but apparently nothing is missing, since the page before was numbered 13.