The Crow and the Magpie
. Rhythm Publishing Co. Sdn. Bhd. . Penang, Malaysia
PZ90.M35 Cr 2000 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is one of four sixteen-page pamphlets of mid-size (5¾ x 8¼), each portraying one story. The texts seem to be identical with those used in Angel Publishing House's My Favorite Stories: Read & Colour 1-5. One clue is that the first of the series to which these books belong contains the story Si Luncai. These two series were apparently first published in 1997. This 2000 edition is labeled revised. This booklet belongs to the first series. This story is new to me. It has a stark simplicity to it. The crow who desperately wants to sing well asks the magpie how to do it. The latter cynically responds that he needs to feed on nothing but dew drops for seven days. The crow follows orders and dies of hunger.