Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk About
MacDonald, Margaret Read
"This book works for peacemaking by telling stories and asking readers to think and talk about them. There is probably something fable-like in each of the 37 stories. I notice eight that are more properly fables. They are well chosen and well told. "Two Goats on a Bridge" is told twice (5, 53) with a telling difference in approach and outcome. "The Neighbor's Shifty Son" (7) illustrates how our judgment, well or poorly founded, colors our perception of others. "Reaching for the Moon" (10) shows the destructiveness of pursuing impossible goals. "The Ass's Shadow" (32) is a perfect choice from the Aesopic corpus: while ass owner and ass renter fight over who may sit in the ass's shadow, the beast runs off! "The Snipe and the Mussel" (33) shows up, I believe, in Aesopic collections, though here it is attributed to China. The two are in a standoff. Here a passing fisherman catches them both. "A Lesson for Kings" (70) gives a good example of Buddhist compassion: overcome evil with good. "Holding Up the Sky" (99) is about the bird who does what he can. The cover illustration combines pictures of peace and war effectively. They appear separately in black-and-white to mark sections on War and Peace."
Linnet Books: The Shoe String Press, Inc.