By Ellen C. Babbitt
Eighteen fables from the Jatakas of India, skillfully retold and attractively illustrated. contains The Monkey and the Crocodile, The service provider of Seri, The Turtle Who would not cease speaking, The silly Timid Rabbit, The Banyan Deer, and others. appropriate for a while 7 and up.
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And off went the Crane with the Crab. And off went the Crane with the Crab. When they reached the place where the Crane had eaten the Fishes, the Crane said: "I think you can walk the rest of the way. " "I see no pond," said the Crab. "All I can see is a pile of Fish bones. " And the Crane put his head down near the ground so that the Crab could get off easily. But the Crab pinched the Crane's neck so that his head fell off. "Not my shell, but your bones are left to dry with the bones of the Fishes," said the Crab.
The children cried, running to meet their playmate. But Blackie would not stop to talk with his playmates. He ran straight home to Granny. " she said, "Where have you been? " And she took the bag off his neck. Blackie told her that he had earned some money for her. Blackie told her that he had earned some money for her. "Oh, Blackie, Blackie," said Granny, "how hard you must have worked to earn these pieces of silver! " And after that Blackie did all the hard work and Granny rested, and they were both very happy.
Then he added, "But we have delayed too long. " And he drove on until he was out of sight of the merchant. Then he returned to his home with his followers to wait for the night to come. The foolish merchant did as the demon bade him and emptied every jar, saving not even a cupful. On and on they traveled and the streak on the sky faded with the sunset. There was no forest, the dark line being only clouds. No water was to be found. The men had no water to drink and no food to eat, for they had no water in which to cook their rice, so they went thirsty and supperless to bed.