My Favourite Stories: Read & Colour 2
. Angel Publishing House . New Delhi, India
PZ8.2.M953 2003 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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This sixteen-page pamphlet is in a series of five titles. Each volume presents nine fables from various sources; the inside front and back covers provide the extra two pages needed. For each fable there is a two-page spread, with the text and a small black-and-white illustration on the left, along with a Phrase of Advice (moral). The right-hand page is a rudimentary full-page line-drawing to color in. Si Luncai tells of a boy who was supposed to buy fish at the market but instead bought the putative big fish at the end of a fisherman's line. This fish turned out to be a rock, and Si Luncai's mother was very angry. A mousedeer, not a fox, refuses to go into the old lion's cave because he sees only ingoing tracks and no outgoing tracks. The wise hornet decides the way to establish ownership of the hive between rival claims by female and male bees. Destroy the hive, and both of you start building. The female bee agrees and so shows that she is the owner; the male bee cannot rebuild it and so does not own it. A wolf's lair is here spelled layer. The wolf's seductive approach to the sheep for the purpose of getting rid of the guard-dog is particularly well done in the last story here. He mentions noticing that the dog barks and bites the sheep, and he promises to take the dog's place and hurt none of them. Together they gang up on the dog to get rid of him. Then he leads a sheep into the jungle every day.