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The Birds and the Rhinoceros
This story is new to me, though its pattern is typical for a whole set of fable stories. The rhinoceros knocks one nest after another out of trees by ramming them. One set of birds (the red birds here) counsels resistance. ...
The Wicked Elephant
New to me. After the wicked elephant ruthlessly kills the young of two birds, they turn to their friends--the bees, the porcupines, and the crickets--for help. The bees blind the elephant, and the porcupines sting the ...
The Tiger and the Girl
This is a transformed version of an Aesopic fable. Here a tiger sees the daughter of a woodcutter and falls in love with her as he pursues her home. She rejects him utterly, but his father promises marriage if the tiger ...
The Bat in War
There is a great illustration of why there could be a war between the strong animals and the weak birds. As the text reads But the birds can fly..., the illustration shows a bird making droppings on the head of a monkey! ...
The Rabbit and the Crocodile
This is one of the few etiological tales in this collection. The rabbit bests the crocodile several times over and is finally caught but declares inside the crocodile's mouth Now, he eats me! He is very happy and laughs ...
The Magic Sword
Again, the story is new to me. A chameleon finds a magic sword. On the strength of his having it, the animals make him king. An elephant arrives and asks if the chameleon knows how to use it, When he is told no, he ...
Three Mischief Friends
When the goat, the pig, and the monkey exchange their jobs, they make a mess of things. Do your duty well and be satisfied. I wonder how many people in Thai culture and in ours will swallow that moral!
The Thief and the Leopard
New to me. A leopard hears a couple during a storm speak of the leak that will kill us all. Fearing the Leak, the leopard hides in the barn, which is soon visited by a thief trying to steal the cow and mistaking the ...
The Town Mouse And The Country Mouse
Straightforward in the Horatian version, adding only a mouse-hole to the story. The intruder here is a cat.
The Eagle and the Hawk
I am glad to see this fable show up here. The lonesome single female eagle gives in to the promises of the male hawk that, if they marry, he will support her well and bring her even a big dog. After they marry, she asks ...