Dependable, Primary, Marcia Williams, India, Folk Tales, Animals
Elephant's friend Dog is sold away and Elephant mourns until the king returns Dog to him. The scrawny tiger tricks a greedy man to cross the river for a gold bangle, but then eats him. The wise little parrot tricks the cat so that he won't eat her babies who are learning to fly. The fishermen catch two large fish who believes in fate, but the wise fish and the clever fish escape. The foolish lion is tricked into jumping down a well. The golden swan's kindness is repaid with greed. The crocodile is a disloyal friend and the monkey escapes by tricking him. The talkative tortoise cannot hold his tongue which causes him to fall to his death.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"The Elephant's Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 38
, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol38/iss7/8