Fables Found: A Treasure of Wisdom for Grandchildren
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As Moolar Dovar explains in an afterword, his father wrote these seven stories about 1990. Stories place a classic story or image within a contemporary story of grandparent and child. In the first, Kumar is angry that his father has not taken him along to market. Grandpa tells Kumar how they used to catch monkeys. The trick is like "The Boy and the Filberts." The monkey would never take his fist out of the coconut, and so it hampered him from escaping. Kumar understands the upshot of the story: "You are saying that one must learn to let go, even when desire is strong." In the second story, grandmother advises a little girl who wants grandma to help her get beautiful stones from a pool which she cannot navigate. Grandmother advises her to become a "honeyguide," Just as this bird entices a bear to open a hive -- and then both enjoy honey -- the grandchild needs to find a "bear" to share the pretty stones with her. A boy learns from his grandfather to be like an octopus when a larger boy bullies him. First, try puffing yourself up. If that does not ward him off, shoot ink and disappear. "Survival is itself a powerful triumph." There are some problems with orthography in this 47 page booklet.
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