This is a fine collection of highly entertaining and educational stories from Ancient India. Panchatantra is the most widely read Indian classic, translated into more than 50 languages. It has influenced The Arabian Nights, The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales and especially The Fables of La Fontaine. The stories were first told at least 1500 years ago by the sage Vishnu Sharma to three backward princes in an Indian king’s court, who after hearing these tales became “as wise as the king of the gods”.
Krishna Dharma presents the tales in his usual lucid style, interspersing the witty prose with the odd poem. It is illustrated with line drawings and should be easily handled by free reading children of any age, as well being a good read for any adults still young at heart -- particularly those desiring to hone up on a bit of worldly wisdom.