Stories from India
Dolch, Edward W.
Dolch, Marguerite P.
. The Garrard Press . Champaign, IL
PZ8.1.D715St 1961 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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"This book is of piece with other Dolch offerings from Garrard. The stories are well told. Each is illustrated with an appropriate full-page colored picture. Especially the early stories of the eighteen in the book are fables. "Four Friends" is the standard Panchatantra story but without the crow carrying the mouse in flight to the captured deer (1). DLS is about the peddler's ploy, not the donkey's. The poor beast gets beaten to death, but the peddler now has to carrying his pots on his back (25). "The Rabbits and the Elephant King" is a standard story of getting the elephant king to respect the goddess of the moon living in the pond (31). "The Black Ox" teaches us to reverence especially those who have been fair and faithful to us: this ox can pull one hundred carts filled with stones, but will not do it when he is being beaten (39). "The Smart Monkey" is a Jataka tale about the monkey chief who makes a bridge of himself to safety for his people (55). The king respects him for it and harms none of the monkeys. The stories from there on in the book are more chapters in a single ongoing story."