The Silly Turtle and other Stories from the East for children.
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Nandhan, P. S
This book tells fourteen stories from the Panchatantra and Jatakas traditions. The selection is excellent. I would say that it covers the best and best known of the stories. New to me and funny: How the Dungbeetle Learnt His Lesson (from the dunging elephant, 45). Two of the stories are told in versions that are new to me. TT (29) has Shellneck the turtle himself come up with the idea of flying on a stick held by the swans. People in a city over which they fly say that they are carrying something like a wagon wheel. The Brahmin with the Goat and the Three Rogues (41) has the three rogues see different kinds of dead animals instead of the live goat actually being carried. The primitive illustrations are not to my taste. The book's paper has four sections of different colors.