Famous Tales from Panchatantra, Book Six
. Tiny Tot Publications, India . Delhi, India
PK3741.P3T3 2000 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This booklet of sixteen pages contains two stories: The Two Friends and The Brahmin's Daydreams. The covers are the same as for Famous Tales from Panchatantra, Book Three, except for the changes in volume number and story titles. The first story here tells of Bholu and Raghu, who go off into the world, make a great deal of money, and return home with it. They hide much of the money before they return home. The evil Raghu returns that very night to dig up all the money, saying I hope no one seen me (sic). The story is faithful to the usual telling, with Raghu's father hiding in the tree and acting as its voice. Bholu, as in traditional versions, burns him out of the tree. The father seems not to die in this version, and Raghu, while punished, stays alive. The most telling picture is that of the father who has caught fire and is running away from the tree. The second story has the Brahmin daydreaming of the wealth he will get for his full pot of wheat, hanging near him in the room. His dreams expand to include goats, cows, sweets, diamonds, mansion, family, and even misbehaving children. He in his daydreams picks up a stick to beat them and of course hits the pot of wheat. This story is Panchatantra's version of MM. Perhaps the most telling picture in it shows the Brahmin overseeing his children while they play soccer. I am including for author and illustrator names that appeared when I did a websearch for the book.