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Length: 148 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 271 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082VDAFQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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This is a book of nine stories which have been translated from their original language into English. The book was first published in 1919, so there's a distinct air of ethnocentrism hovering about it, although it manages to be very fair and open about other cultures and gods.

Actually, I was overall very impressed by the lack of a condescending tone in the book, which often occurs with early translations of stories into English, AND often occurs in books of children's stories.

The stories themselves tend towards the long side, but they are broken into chapters. Each chapter is very short and ends with a series of simple questions ('what is the chief lesson to be learnt from this story' or 'what would you have said if you had been the woodcutter?'). I didn't care for the questions because they interrupted the flow of the story slightly and gave the overall feeling of reading a textbook, but they were easy enough to ignore and didn't detract from the stories.

The book does not have an active table of contents, and includes some occasional typo-like errors from the scanning process. It also seems to have a very odd interpretation of, where commas should go--but nothing to turn you off from reading it.

The stories included are:

The Magic Pitcher
The story of a Cat, a Mouse, a Lizard and an Owl
A Royal Thief-Catcher
The Magic Shoes and Staff
The Jeweled Arrow
The Beetle and the Silken Thread
A Crow and His Three Friends
A Clever Thief
The Hermit's Daughter

For another book of child-friendly Indian fairy tales you might also check out Deccan Nursery Tales or, Fairy Tales from the South, and you can find more general tales in Indian Fairy Tales
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I enjoy reading world literature and appreciate nice translations. I also liked the questions interspersed through the text. Far too few people read nowdays and from that small pool few seem to question or think about what they read. Recommend for fairy tale lovers and those interested in a glimpse of Indian values/thoughts/literal culture.
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The Stories Present in the text is Very interesting with some good morals. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories to my Room mates. Good read for anyone looking to broaden their horizons.
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I love fairy tales and folk tales of all sorts, and these stories are no exception. I loved reading them, but I like to be able to share fairy tales with the children I babysit when they go to sleep, and they always ask me to tell them some new story. But these stories are much too long to be told as a bed-time story! It took me a good 40 minutes to tell one properly! Of course, the kids didn't mind staying up to hear it... :) The questions do make it fun to read to them, though
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Although I prefer reading sci-fi, fantasy and thrillers, I do enjoy the occasional folk-tale, historical fiction and non-fiction book. Some spoilers to follow...

STORY: This book actually consists of 9 different folk tales. The commonality between them is that they are all Indian (specifically Hindu) folk tales. Most of the tales are set in the past, but readers can relate to characters and events that take place. All the tales are written in a simple fashion for younger readers (as a nice introduction to Hindu mythology and folk tales).

As an adult reader, the tales were all a bit too simplistic in nature for me, but I really enjoyed The Beetle and the Silken Thread. It's a tale of how a royal advisor/vizier used his ingenuity and creativity to escape from a potentially fatal situation. Most of the tales follow the same general principle: introduce the tale/character, an evil fate befalls them and the hero is able to escape having learned some moral. To expand on this, the author makes sure to include two questions after each chapter of each tale and 4-5 questions after the conclusion of each story. This would help parents discuss the issues that characters have to deal with and teach some good lessons throughout.

MY TAKE: I would recommend this to anyone interested in getting started with Hindu mythology and folk tales. These are all wonderful stories for young children and most of them have some sort of message throughout the book. Indeed, the questions sprinkled throughout the book would make for good discussions with younger readers.

I hope to continue reading with some books that delve deeper in Hindu Mythology, meant for older readers.
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This is a fun find for the fairy tale lover. While some of the plots may seem familiar none of the actual stories are in Grimm's. As these are Hindu, you can see different cultural values as well as similar ones regarding loyalty, love and virtue. I did not give this a full five star because I thought the translation might have been a little more elegant. Usually fairy tales are told in "quaint" language, old fashion by our standards of current speech. This translation uses serviceable, if "ho-hum" language. But the stories themselves are fun.
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A nice overview of Hindu Tales but nothing outstanding. I would be interested in reading about their stories more. Another text might be more interesting. The presentation of the stories in this book are dry and unimaginative. Dull.
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