Animal Tales from the Arab World
Ghali, Eda S
Here are fourteen fables, each containing between one and three illustrations. Pairs of pages alternate between colored and black-and-white. Well-known stories appear, like TT (9), The Lion and the Rabbit (22), LS (34), and The Heron, the Fishes and the Crab (40). There are also several stories that are new to me and good. Let me give two examples. The Man without a Brain (6) features a traveler stupid enough to walk along a route where lion's tracks have been seen. A lion comes upon him and says he has been ill and needs to eat human brains. The man declares that he is brainless, or else he would not have walked on a road with lion's tracks. Who Is the Stronger? (12) shows that man's wit ends up conquering the lion's strength and so makes man--in his own way--stronger. This may be my first book from Egypt, found by chance as I walked past a new-books bookstore in London.