The Changing Bat

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Rabbi Berechiah ha-Nakdan; Editor: Rina Asachyak
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1970
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This is a 16-page pamphlet presenting one fable, the fable of the bat that changed sides during the battle of the birds versus the beasts. The cover and the identical large illustration several pages from the beginning show the bat alone while the birds and animals fight each other with long spears and poles. The bat appears to be attacking with the animals in a black-and-white illustration close to the center of this pamphlet, but then, in a two-page full-colored illustration at the center, the bat is with birds attacking fleeing animals. In a final colored illustration, the birds point angrily at the bat, as do the animals on the facing page. Perhaps the best illustration is the final one, as a chagrined bat is rejected by both groups at once. The front cover offers an arch with two foxes that suggests a series of stories or fables, since there are no foxes in this story. The back cover features a dressed fox pointing to a chalkboard. Might that board be listing other stories in the series? My Hebrew-reading associate points out that "ha-Nakdan" means "the punctuator or grammarian."
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