| Indian Fables|
|by P. V. Ramaswami Raju|
|An appealing collection of more than a hundred Indian fables that are delightful as well as short, pithy, and ingenious. Each fable has its separate moral in prose or rhyme; these are often epigrams of the shrewdest kind, full of wit and subtlety. Most of these fables are likely to be new to the majority of readers. In the characters of animals the same rules are observed as in Western fables. As the symbol of strength, the lion (or, in one or two instances, the tiger) is king, the fox is the symbol of cunning, the bear of inert power, the wolf of ferocity, the owl of assumed wisdom, and so forth. Ages 7-10 |
THE LARK AND ITS YOUNG ONES
A CHILD went up to a lark, and said,
"Good lark, have you any young ones?"
"Yes, child, I have," said the lark?" and
they are very pretty ones indeed!" Then
she pointed to them, and said, "This is
Fair Wing, that is Tiny Bill, and that
other is Bright Eye."
The child said, "Yes, at home, we are
three—myself and my two sisters, Jane
and Alice; and mamma says we are
pretty little children, and that she is very
fond of us."
To this the little larks replied, "Oh yes,
mamma is very fond of us too."
Then the child said, "Good lark, will
you send home Tiny Bill to play with
me?" Be i ore the lark could reply, Bright
Eye said, "Yes, if you will send little
Alice to play with us in our nest."
 The child said, "Oh, Alice will be so
sorry to leave home, and come away
Bright Eye said, "Tiny Bill will be so
sorry to leave our nest, and go away from mamma!"
The child was abashed, and went home,
saying, "Ah, every one is fond of home!"
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