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Pakistani Folk Tales: Toontoony Pie And Other Stories
This mocking song of the plucky toontoony bird nearly costs him his life, but in the end he outwits the greedy king, to the young reader's delight. The shrewd rat, however, does not fare so well, nor the crafty tiger. In this collection of 22 folk tales set in the regions of Punjab and Bengal that now comprise Pakistan, are found not only the familiar figures of folklore - ...more
Published December 1st 1998 by Hippocrene Books
(first published October 1st 1998)
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It was an interesting read but I am not particularly impressed. Some stories didn't seem to prize benevolence or make any moralistic points at all. The ones that did were very cliche. I should, however, remind myself that these are folk stories and I shouldn't have the same expectations for them as I would modern literature. It was interesting to find that the animals were regarded as people and could communicate with, and even marry, human beings. I wouldn't consider this compilation to be an a ...more
Fun short stories. It helps to understand the history of the culture, and enlightens where many traditions came from and how they're played out. A good read for kids or adults wanting to learn more and expand their imaginations.