The Tiger And The Brahmin (Rabbit Ears: A Classic Tale (Spotlight))

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I give you assurances, cried the Tiger to the Brahmin. "I shan't eat you if you let me out of the cage." But when the Brahmin makes a mistake of taking the Tiger at his word, he discovers that the dishonest beast intended to eat him all along. In the end, it is the wily jackal who comes to the Brahmin's aid and teaches him a lesson he had never found in his holy books. This clever, absorbing adaptation brings this beloved Indian folktale to life for the entire family.

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Grade 1-4-- A tiger, freed from its cage by a Brahmin, turns on a holy man to eat him. The Brahmin, believing the tiger's action to be unjust, seeks support from an elephant, a pipal tree, and a water buffalo. They counsel him to accept his fate, but a worldly-wise jackal intervenes and, feigning stupidity, succeeds in getting the tiger back in the cage. Traditionalists will prefer the simple, understated version of this folktale found in Virginia Haviland's Favorite Fairy Tales Told in India (Little, 1973; o.p.). To make it a suitable length for recording, it has been tediously spun out. Its impact is accordingly diminished, the Brahmin made to look rather foolish, and the jackal tiresome. Ben Kingsley's reading on the accompanying cassette is more effective. In the musical storytelling tradition of Asia, he is backed up with music--Ravi Shankar on the sitar, in this case. The illustrations' bold line and color combine to give a modern, stylized look with a sense, nonetheless, of India. --Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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