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Jataka Tales

Ellen C. Babbitt (1872-)

1. 00 - PUBLISHER’S NOTE
2. 01 - THE MONKEY AND THE CROCODILE
3. 02 - HOW THE TURTLE SAVED HIS OWN LIFE
4. 03 - THE MERCHANT OF SERI
5. 04 - THE TURTLE WHO COULDN'T STOP TALKING
6. 05 - THE OX WHO WON THE FORFEIT
7. 06 - THE SANDY ROAD
8. 07 - THE QUARREL OF THE QUAILS
9. 08 - THE MEASURE OF RICE
10. 09 - THE FOOLISH, TIMID RABBIT
11. 10 - THE WISE AND THE FOOLISH MERCHANT
12. 11 - THE ELEPHANT GIRLY-FACE
13. 12 - THE BANYAN DEER
14. 13 - THE PRINCES AND THE WATER-SPRITE
15. 14 - THE KING'S WHITE ELEPHANT
16. 15 - THE OX WHO ENVIED THE PIG
17. 16 - GRANNY'S BLACKIE
18. 17 - THE CRAB AND THE CRANE
19. 18 - WHY THE OWL IS NOT KING OF THE BIRDS

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Summary

Jataka Tales form a part of the collective Indian Fairy tales with the only distinction that most of Jataka Tales have a moral. These are famous children stories and some of the stories like the "the turtle who couldn't stop talking" and "the King's White Elephant" are so famous that they are enacted as short plays in schools and are cited as an example in daily conversations. All the stories in this collective work have a moral, most likely being narrated by an animal.