The animal kingdom in children’s literature is vast and flourishing. However big or small they are their lives are fascinating to us. The tradition of talking animals is a staple when it comes to reading for kids. They are considered the simplest form of storytelling to impart nuggets of wisdom. Here are the best of the animal classics from Mango Books.
The world’s greatest collection of short stories, Aesop’s Fables continue to fascinate children across the globe. The simple tales are credited to the Greek slave Aesop. This is a complete collection of the fables along with some rare finds.
These folktales from Japan give a glimpse of a country and their culture. The magical sparrow pays back in his own way for the help and the hurt that he receives. Two frogs, bored and in search of an adventure, set out to explore whole new lands. And Visu the woodsman learns a very valuable lesson, but a little too late. The Tongue-Cut Sparrow and Other Stories include wonderfully retold and charmingly illustrated tales.
An ancient Indian collection of animal fables compiled by Pandit Vishnu Sharma is a riveting treasury of tales. Considered as India’s contribution to world literature, Panchatantra consists of nested stories of wit and wisdom dealing with wit and wisdom to live and prosper in this world.
The Jataka Tales is a collection of stories Bodhisatwa, the previous lives of Lord Buddha. Of paramount importance to the Buddhist religion and Indian literature, these stories have been a source of wisdom to the whole world. Teaching us to be fair, just and good the Jataka Tales is one of the biggest contributions of Indian culture.
Folktales from Africa, introduces you to characters like Jabu, who realises that his kindness is not always repaid in kind. Further, it takes you to the Zulu land where everyone wants to be a ruler. Stories that make you feel for characters like the hurt tortoise are altogether a different experience. You also get to know about the Central African folklore and the stories of the men, who have their wishes granted. These folktales play their part in preserving the essence of the African Culture and all of them contain hidden morals.