The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal

An Indian Folktale

From the Set Folktales from Around the World

A tiger caught in a trap tricks a kind Brahman to release him. But when the tiger then threatens to eat the Brahman, a sneaky jackal saves the day by tricking the gullible tiger.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Dewey 398.2
Lexile 560
ATOS Reading Level 3.7
Guided Reading Level M
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781623232139
Copyright 2013
Number of Pages 24
Dimensions 7.25 x 8.25
Graphics Full-color illustrations, 1-color illustrations

A noteworthy review of Folktales from Around the World from Library Media Connection on September 1, 2013

These easy-to-read books retell worldwide folktales in a child-friendly manner. Colorful illustrations, along with monochromatic illustrations, add to the narration. At the end of each book is a discussion of folktales in general and the specific folktale, including a question for further discussion. These tales will be useful in literature and social studies courses; they can be used to focus on a specific culture or tale or to compare and contrast narrative-styles between cultures. Lacking is a glossary or introductory material. All readers will benefit from this exposure to folktales, particularly when tying literature across the curriculum.

A noteworthy review of Folktales from Around the World from Children's Bookwatch on October 1, 2012

‘The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal: An Indian Folktale’ is a crafty teaching tale from India. Wise children will listen and watch and learn its teachings well. Once a tiger was locked in a bamboo cage. When he saw a Brahman, or holy man, walking by, he appealed to his sense of compassion and asked him to let him out, promising he would be grateful. Of course, when the Brahman is persuaded to let the tiger out (against his better judgment), the tiger immediately threatens to eat him, denying the truthful significance of his promise of gratitude. Nevertheless, perhaps the tiger’s lingering guilt intervenes, for the Brahman is allowed to seek out three other beings to determine if he ( the tiger) is being unfair. The Brahman then encounters a pipal tree, a buffalo, and a road, telling each his story of releasing the tiger who then threatens to eat him. Due to similar bitter experiences, each of these three beings advises the Brahman to meet his fate stoically and accept it. Disappointed and fearful, the Brahman happens upon a jackal. The jackal pretends to be a bit ‘slow,’ asking to be taken to the tiger so he can understand the situation. Here comes the true trickster element of this morality tale, for when the jackal confronts the tiger, he actually confounds him and tricks him into getting back into the cage, all by pretending to be too slow to understand the story. Perhaps the moral is a warning against gullibility, but perhaps it also contains a seed of delight in the art and skills of the Trickster, who succeeds in achieving a desired outcome solely through skilled use of his wits. ‘The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal’ is an ancient Indian wisdom tale whose message is just as valuable today as it was hundreds of years ago. The story’s imaginative, textured illustrations using fabric and color and collage enhance the exotic appeal of the fable. Other titles in this series that are highly recommended include: ‘How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have? An African Folktale (9781614732174, $27.07)’ retold by M. J. York, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, ‘Momotaro, The Peach Boy: A Japanese Folktale (9781614732181, $27.07),’ retold by M. J. York, illustrated by Betsy Thompson, and ‘The Tongue-Cut Sparrow, a Japanese Folktale (9781614732228, $27.07),’ retold by M. J. York, illustrated by JT Morrow.

Author: M. J. York

M. J. York has an undergraduate degree in English and history and a master's degree in library science. M. J. lives in Minnesota and works as a children's-book editor. She has always been fascinated by myths, legends, and fairy tales from around the world.

Illustrator: Jill Dubin

When Jill Dubin was growing up, she and her sister spent hours making paper-doll collections. Jill continued her interest in whimsical art and received her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Her illustrations have appeared in numerous children's books. Jill combines colors, patterns and textures to create her cut-paper collages.