Famous Tales from Panchatantra, Book Three
. Tiny Tot Publications, India . Vishwas Nagar, Delhi, India
PK3741.P3 T3 2000 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This booklet of sixteen pages contains three stories: The Snake and the Crows, The Monkeys and the Demon, and The Monkey and the Log. In this version of the first story, the clever fox advises the crows to pick up a princess' gold necklace and drop it into the snake's hole. The demon in the second story forbids the monkeys to drink from his lake, but apparently he himself cannot leave the lake. So the clever monkey-king devises a long tube from bamboo reeds and drinks out of the lake at a distance. In the third story, the curious monkey who pulls the wedge out of the tree is crushed to death. In most versions, just one part of his anatomy is--painfully--caught in the veritable vice that closes when the wedge is removed. The illustrations are large, simple cartoons. The monkeys' faces seem quite human. I am including for author and illustrator names that appeared when I did a websearch for the book.