Author: Santhini GovindanPainter/Illustrator/: Jishu Dev MalakarPublisher: Pustak MahalYear: 2006Language: EnglishPages: 296ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788178062402
The Panchatantra Stories are over 5000 years old. Originally narrated in Sanskrit, they were popularized in their present form by Pandit Vishnu Sharma. Legend has it that King Amar Shakti asked Pandit Sharma to impart worldly wisdom to his three sons. Pandit Sharma agreed to do this within six months. Thereupon, he narrated stories daily with subtle messages that taught various qualities for success and survival, such as unity, friendship, firmness of mind, earnestness, etc.These tales were called Panchatantra. Panch means five, and tantra refers to codes of conduct. The stories were largely based on animal characters, making it very interesting for children.
1. The Lion and the Clever Rabbit2. The Elephants and the mice3. The Fishes and the Frog4. The Brahmin and the goat5. The Merchant and the lie 6. The Noble Enemy7. The Foolish Friend8. The hare Who Outwitted the Elephant King9. The Twins10. The Pretender11. Suchimukha and the Monkeys12. The Cat, the Partridge, and the hare13. The Camel and His False Friends14. The snake and the Crows15. The Sparrow and the Elephant