FICTION

Animal Tales from India: Ten Stories from the Panchatantra

Nosy Crow. May 2024. 96p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9798887770642.
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K-Gr 4–This is a collection of classic fables about tortoises, monkeys, jackals, elephants, and more animals of India. These types of stories, with animal protagonists and moral messages, will be familiar to anyone who grew up with Aesop. But The Panchatantra is over 2,000 years old, and this volume breathes new life into them for modern readers. Stunning illustrations of expressive animals fill beautiful spreads, with the text smartly placed in the landscape’s negative space. In a note, the author says she originally heard these stories from her grandmother, who heard them from her mother, who heard them from her mother, and so on. Back matter includes a QR code to audio readings of all the tales. They’re expertly narrated and have fun, engaging sound effects.
VERDICT A lively and essential addition to every folklore collection.

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