Metternich, Hilary Roe
. Avery Press in Association with the University of Washington Press . Boulder, CO
GR337.5.M64 1996 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book of twenty-five Mongolian folktales includes a number of fables. Many fable motifs are slightly transformed here. The Clever Little Hedgehog (43-44) combines two fable motifs: outdoing other competitors' claims of how easily they get drunk and then outrunning a faster opponent by riding on him till near the end. The Fox and the Lion (54-55) has the fox outfoxing the lion by the way he sets up their communal task of carrying a deer. The Wise Judge (60-63) has a judge catching a greedy man who has lost his wallet; the judge is able to punish him cleverly for his greed. Why the Bat Lives in the Dark (64-67) is the standard fable of changing sides in a war. How a Small Rabbit Saved a Large Horse (68-71) employs the familiar motif Show me how it happened. In The Two Good Brothers (72-75), the brothers are so solicitous for each other that it proves impossible for either to give something to the other. The Flying Frog (88-91) is TT with a frog substituting for the usual turtle. The Fox, the Wolf, and the Bag of Butter (92-95) has the two animals trying to outfox each other for the treat that they find. The Old Man and the Lion (96-101) shows the former tricking the latter several times over, especially through the cleverness of his wife. The Turtle and the Monkey (106-9) is the usual story about forgetting one's heart. The Faithful Little Fox (110-13) substitutes a fox for the Panchatantra's usual mongoose. The quick-judging parent here believes that the fox has harmed her child, when in fact the fox saved the child. The silhouettes are strong and dramatic.