The Ass and the Lapdog & Other Stories
. Pegasus B. Jain . New Delhi
Jain Pegasus 2 .
PZ8.2.A254 Ass 2010 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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There are four fables in this 16-page, large-format (almost 8½ x 11) booklet. The title-story comes only third of the four. The Shepherd and the Wild Goats is well told and well illustrated: those who treat new recruits exceptionally well are saying something about the way they treat old recruits…. The Thief and his Mother includes a second unreprimanded childhood theft. The Ass and the Lapdog makes a point that this ass is well cared for already before he wants what the dog has. In BC, the meeting is called and led by an older mouse with glasses, who also makes the quieting response to the clever young suggestion-maker. Simple, lively illustrations. Apparently the young man with a chest of gleaming jewels on the cover is the thief in mid-career.