When a gullible Brahmin takes a tiger at his word, he is soon in danger of losing his life, but a lowly Jackal comes to his aid and teaches him an important lesson not found in the holy books.
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Grade 1-4-- A tiger, freed from its cage by a Brahmin, turns on a holy man to eat him. The Brahmin, believing the tiger's action to be unjust, seeks support from an elephant, a pipal tree, and a water buffalo. They counsel him to accept his fate, but a worldly-wise jackal intervenes and, feigning stupidity, succeeds in getting the tiger back in the cage. Traditionalists will prefer the simple, understated version of this folktale found in Virginia Haviland's Favorite Fairy Tales Told in India (Little, 1973; o.p.). To make it a suitable length for recording, it has been tediously spun out. Its impact is accordingly diminished, the Brahmin made to look rather foolish, and the jackal tiresome. Ben Kingsley's reading on the accompanying cassette is more effective. In the musical storytelling tradition of Asia, he is backed up with music--Ravi Shankar on the sitar, in this case. The illustrations' bold line and color combine to give a modern, stylized look with a sense, nonetheless, of India. --Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA
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Descrizione libro Simon & Schuster (Juv). Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0887082327 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0587309