| 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 DOG, THE WOLF, AND THE MOON
ONE night a dog in charge of a flock of
sheep was barking at the moon. A wolf
who was lurking close by, said, "Why do
you howl like that?"
"Because," said the dog, "I find you
prowling here, and call to my friend in
the moon to come down for a moment
to help me to drive you away."
 "Is there then a dog in the moon also?"
said the wolf.
"Certainly there is one," said the dog.
"Any sheep?" said the greedy brute.
"None whatever," said the dog.
"Then it is not worth my while to go
to the moon," said the wolf, and left the
The dog said, "The greedy have ever
an eye upon their prey!"
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