The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales |
This collection of "classics" certainly is a departure from the Disney versions. The tales are mostly very dark and pessimistic, as originally recorded by the Brothers. For the more "colourful" children's stories it is better to buy the specific tales from the bookstore instead of a collective book.
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THE HARE AND THE ELEPHANT
Once upon a time . . . in the Indian jungle, lived a young elephant whose
playmate was a very large hare. In spite of the difference in size, they were
great friends and had fun playing strange guessing games. One day, the hare
said to his chum:
"Which of us is bigger: you or me?" At that silly question, the little
elephant nearly choked on his banana.
"You must be joking!" he exclaimed. "Why, even on tiptoe, you re not as
high as my knee!" But the hare went on:
"That's what you think! Since I say that I'm bigger than you, we need a
judge. Don't you agree?"
"Oh, yes," said the elephant in surprise.
"Well, let's go along to the village and see what the Humans have to say.
They're the cleverest of all the animals, and the best judges!" As they
reached the village, they met some of the villagers.
"Look at that young elephant! Isn't he small?" folk remarked as the unusual
couple strolled by.
"Yes, he is indeed! But he'll soon grow up," said others. Then somebody
noticed the hare.
"What a huge hare!" they all cried. Now, the hare tried to keep in front of
elephant and puffed out his chest. As he passed, all the villagers exclaimed:
"Look at his paws! And those ears! That's the biggest hare we've ever
seen!" When he heard this, the hare turned to his friend, saying,
"We can go home now! That's settled! I'm huge and you're tiny!" The
elephant tossed his heavy head. At a loss for words, he knew the hare had won
by low cunning. But back on the jungle path, he lifted his foot and said to
the hare, walking ahead, "Get out of my way before a tiny elephant crushes a
big hare like you!"