STUV Songs, Stories, Fables. The Alphabet Series CD
This disc has two fables, besides its songs and stories, with a steady background of classical music. They are Tracks 19 and 20. Both are narrated by a male narrator with a non-native English accent. SW (4:04) has an elaborate argument lasting for weeks and causing both the north wind and the sun to neglect their normal duties. The bet is well expressed; it is about "whichever of us can get the coat off of that farmer." The effects of both north wind and sun are described in cosmic terms. "Often it is easier to get what you want by kindness than by force." "The Vain Jackdaw" (2:36) begins with an old jackdaw draped in peacock feathers. He struts about proudly and is mean to his fellow jackdaws. "Stay away" he says to them "or you will damage my beautiful feathers." He leaves his friends confident that the peacocks will accept him. The peacocks are not fooled. His friends, to whom he then goes for comfort, will have nothing to do with him. "You should never be what you are not. Being yourself is always the best."