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Thai Pamphlets Red 1-12

#0660001: The Old Man and His Donkey

MSA. This sometimes pink, sometimes purple, sometimes orange donkey with the multi-colored and differently-colored mane seems to me to be from the flower-child generation. Otherwise the story runs along the usual paths. [x]

#0660002: The Boy and the Wolf

The shepherd is Jimmy. Perhaps the best illustration is the lively one for "They went back with angry." He fools the men twice and cannot attract them for the genuine, third wolf attack. [x]

#0660003: The Crow and the Swan

The grammar here is particularly poor. The swan is a comely but silent female with a dapper hat. The best illustration may be that of the crow shivering after his all-night vigil in the water. "We should think carefully before we copy others." [x]

#0660004: The Lion and the Mouse

As with The Fox and the Monkey, this title-page has no background stripes. On the moral page of almost all booklets, an owl accompanies the saying. Here it is a little critter of unknown genus wearing a baseball cap. [x]

#0660005: The Ant and the Grasshopper.

Different: G and A are friends singing together every day. There is a bad sentence early in the story: "Rainy is coming, let us taking food and preparing our resident." The bad time for the grasshopper is not winter but the rainy season. There is a poignant two-page picture of the grasshopper leaving. [x]

#0660006: The Bundle of Sticks

The best illustrations here are of the five sons' exasperation in trying to break the bundle. [x]

#0660007: The Fox and the Crow

The additional extra copy is a gift of my favorite private collector, January, '95, one of the two gifts he sent that made me aware of the existence of these books. This crow has a red beak! The fox, though artistically not excellent, has personality as he flatters, pleads, pounces, and laughs. [x]

#0660008: The Farmer and His Magic Goose

The desire to buy a big house moves this farmer and his wife to look for many golden eggs at once. The story is well broken down into many one-line components. [x]

#0660009: The Treasure in the Field

The biggest surpises in this presentation come on its last page. This moral page is accompanied not by the usual owl but by one of the boys and some wheat-plants taken from the story. The moral seems to me less strong than the good presentation of the fable: "We must not forget that work is important in life." [x]

#06600010: The Crow and the Pitcher

This thirsty crow has already visited fen and canal in the search for water. The crow wisely first tries to push the pitcher over, but it does not move. "Sometimes we can find the answers by using our heads." [x]

#06600011: The Lion and the Hare

Not only does this lion have blue cheeks, but the bunny he chases is blue too! A snail desperately moves out of the lion's way near the middle of the story. This booklet contains one of the wildest language goofs: "The deer afraided the lion very much...." This is one story told exclusively in the past tense. The moral in English is thirteen words long, in Thai three. [x]

#06600012: The Fox and the Grapes

One of the few fables in this series narrated consistently in the past. This fox has just come from some bad times: he has just missed catching a rabbit and has been chased by a farmer from some chickens. This may be the first fox I have met who barks at the grapes as he announces them sour! [x]

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