My Favourite Stories: Read & Colour 5
. 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. FM is told differently here. The frog and mouse are on pilgrimage. They tie the string because the frog has trouble keeping up with the mouse along the way. When they reach a stream, the frog offers to carry the mouse on his back. When they approach a log in the stream, the frog--instinctively?--dives under it, and the mouse falls off and is drowned. Better be alone than in incompatible company makes sense for this good telling. The camel trying to imitate the monkey steps too close to the lion king, and the other animals pounce upon him and devour him because of his disrespect. The traditional Rhodes story about an incredible leap is told here of a cat, who claims to have competed in a tournament in Paris and to have jumped to the moon. Challenged to do it here, the cat answers that it is daytime and that there is no moon. The whole party bursts into laughter over the big lie and joke.